El Anatsui was born in Anyanko, Ghana in 1944. Many of Anatsui’s sculptures are mutable in form, conceived to be so free and flexible that they can be shaped in any way and altered in appearance for each installation. Working with wood, clay, metal, and—most recently—the discarded metal caps of liquor bottles, Anatsui breaks with sculpture’s traditional adherence to forms of fixed shape while visually referencing the history of abstraction in African and European art.
Art grows out of each particular situation, and I believe that artists are better off working with whatever their environment throws up.
– El Anatsui, 2003
More articles and informatuon about Anatsui
- A Million Pieces of Home: New York Times
- Slideshow The Art of El Anatsui: New York Times
- Exhibitions: Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui