Emmanuel Watt is Vanuatu’s first contemporary artist. The world-renowned artist with a Pentecost, Ambae and French background has been carving for more than 40 years and has made thousands of pieces.
Emmanuel initially used wood as medium but over the years he has started carving using a variety of mediums including shells, black coral and soap. Emmanuel says that he cannot stop carving and works everyday at his workshop at Stade, which is also his home.
Here are some of his pieces
Octopus carved from soap
Woman carved from soap
Hermit crabs carved from black coral
Whale carved from whale bone
One of Emmanuel’s first, original carvings
Black coral figurines and jewellery
Black coral warriors
Wooden piece in Emmanuel’s living room
Wooden pieces made from coconut
Wooden figurine in Emmanuel’s living room
Black coral and nautillus shell
PHOTO CREDIT: PATRICIA STAFFORD