El Anatsui à la Mode

I’ve overheard people in the gallery looking at the wall sculptures in our current exhibition and saying, “I want to touch them.”

I look at them and think, “I want to wear them.”

The sartorial quality of his work struck me from my first gallery visit, and I continue to see the rich textures, colors, and languages of Africa embodied by his work (and not just the wall sculptures) all around me. Click through the image below to see the “Anatsui Style” Pinterest board, a visual sampling of my mind since the exhibition’s opening.

The result has emboldened my own fashion sense, boosted my creativity, and changed (erased?) my concept of what constitutes a coordinated outfit.

Can I pull off bright red with bright yellow? Mixed metals? Pattern on pattern?

Why, sure. That’s very Anatsui of you, Natalie.

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  1. Posted May 8, 2012 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    What a wonderful collection, love the colors and the geometric patterns and yes there are lots of clothing and jewelry I would love to wear.

  2. Natalie
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Linda! It’s fun to be able to “curate” my own fantasy exhibition. El Anatsui was recently featured in L’Uomo Vogue, May-June 2012 (n. 431) as part of the “Rebranding Africa” issue. Not only was it a great read, I absolutely used some of the quotes to describe the pins on my Anatsui-Inspired Style board! http://www.vogue.it/en/uomo-vogue/people/2012/05/-el-anatsui

  3. Karen
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    This blog really speaks to a few of El Anatsui’s titles as well, such as “Old Cloth Series.” Love the Pinterest board! Very original.

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