|Amemo (Masks of Humankind)|
In Drifting Continents, Anatsui explores conceptual interconnectivity in using the linked screw-top liquor bottle caps––a medium he invented. Again, the title provokes the viewer to see beyond the materials; here, the bottle caps represent "how the world is interconnected, or, more specifically, how the historical trade in alcohol links the continents of Africa, Europe, and the Americas."
My personal favorite from the show Amemo (Masks of Humankind), like most of his wall sculptures, is made of aluminum and copper wire, and it has the most varied color palette in the entire show. It wasn't the colors, however, that attracted me most to it, it was its meaning: "This work has no specific orientation and illustrates the artist's desire for his art to reflect the ever-changing condition of life." A strong meaning, for an incredibly beautiful and sturdy piece of art. An example of art that endures time.
El Anatsui's artistic ethos is one in which I find most inspiring and non-egotistic, that is, compared to other artists I either know personally or have read far too much about. Whether it be the several "nonfixed forms" sculptures, comprising most of his earlier work, or the massive wall hangings that drape like curtains, as if they are made of fabric––some from ceiling to floor––Anatsui "wishes to inspire creativity in the people charged with installing his work and says he merely provides 'data' for others to reenvision and manipulate."