every once in a while we find ourselves completely drawn to an artist and his or her vision. el anatsui has us firmly in his grasp with his magical art creations. a sculptor from ghana, el anatsui has shown his works of art at many prominent museums around the world. inspired by the traditional kente cloths and the unique weaving process used to create them, el anatsui manages to create pieces that at first glance seem to be colorful fabric and gold tapestries but upon closer investigation, are found to be made of salvaged materials such as cans and bottle caps as well as aluminium and copper wire. there is something so refreshing and inspiring about this juxtaposition of the old and discarded being transformed into such rich and beautiful masterpieces. it really gives new meaning to that age old saying “one person’s trash…”.
here are some of our favorites from el anatsui’s vast collection:
hovor, aluminium and copper wire
in the world but don’t know the world, 2011. aluminium and copper wire
skylines’, 2008. aluminium and copper wire
via october gallery
drifting continents (2009) via intramoenia extrart
gravity and grace via brooklyn museum
they finally broke the pot of wisdom, 2011 via jack shainman gallery
to learn more about el anatsui and his magical works of art, please watch the video here!