If you are in the Denver area, stop by the Denver Art Museum to see When I Last Wrote To You About Africa by African artist, El Anatsui. I found it to be truly inspirational. To see his beautiful hanging pieces in person is a marvel. There is a lovely DVD and book available as well. His advice to students:
- Pull from your personal history or inspiration
- Look for materials in the immediate environment
- Travel and bring your travel experience to bear in your work
- Allow for the possibility of something unexpected and wonderful to happen
And I love this quote from his film, "Fold, Crumple, Crush".
"One of the things I want my work to be about is life itself. And life is a mystery. So I want my art to reflect that mystery."
Wise words to any artist. Happy Monday! I hope mystery and inspiration are revealed to you this week!