"Words are just a way we communicate. Images are a way we communicate. And I couldn't figure out why they had to be in different baskets."
From "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 6 (2012)
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In his studio in Nigeria, artist El Anatsui oversees young studio assistants from the local community who work with him to create sculptures made from bottle caps, a found material from discarded liquor bottles that Anatsui began working with for the aesthetic properties of the caps, which also can allude to the role of international commerce in African history.