El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa, is an extensive career retrospective of the internationally renowned artist at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Artists rely on audiences to bring life experience, worldly knowledge and exposure to popular culture to the artwork they’ve created. Granted, there are some art pieces that defy rational and creative logic and are not easy to read. But that, too, is okay, because it is your job as a viewer to visually interrogate what you see and ask lots of questions.
Despite the fear factor, I knew I would find a way to make a living. What ended up happening still amazes me to this day. I eventually went on to graduate art school, became a tenured art professor and a nationally exhibited artist all before age 40.