El Anatsui | Ghana

El Anatsui was born in Ghana, in 1944)
Medium: Found object sculpture

On his use of recycled materials: “I return them to use by giving them a different function — a higher function — maybe even the ultimate function. Each bottle-top returning as an object of contemplation has the capacity to reveal to us a more profound understanding of life than it ever did as a stopper [on a bottle].”

On his status as a “community artist”: “My resources, materials, and human [labor] are sourced from the community, and I believe that make[s] me a community artist. The ideas I work with, even if sourced from the community, address issues that go from the community to the outside world. They have universal resonance [and] relevance. I believe that makes me not [exclusively] a community artist.”

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