Over the past forty years El Anatsui has expanded the language of contemporary sculpture not only in Nigeria but also internationally. From the beginning of his career, he has sought to challenge the boundaries of artistic practice as well as overcome the constraints of material available to him locally. In so doing some of his earliest works started with amassing discarded wood to create the wall hanging trays characteristic of his first wood pieces. His move to Nigeria in 1970s led to a sustained period of work in clay resulting in critical acclaimed works such as the “Broken Pots” series.
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