Yayoi Kusama, the woman who lives in a bright polka-dotted universe
Yayoi Kusama is an avant-garde Japanese artist who creates hallucinatory paintings of loops and dots and physical representations of the idea of infinity.
Her career includes a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, soft sculpture and performance art. Kusama has a deep connection with psychedelic colors, repetition, and patterns.
Yayoi Kusama, Mirror room (pumpkin) 1991
Kusama has always reflected our world with her abstract expressionism in the 1950s and 1960s to her Infinity Mirrors of today (perfect for the selfie generation).
Kusama is one of the most beloved contemporary artists in history.
Yayoi Kusama was born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Nagano. She started creating art at an early age, and began writing poetry at age 18.
At ten years old, Kusama began to experience vivid hallucinations. She has described them as “flashes of light, auras, or dense fields of dots“. These hallucinations also included flowers that spoke to Kusama.
After living in Tokyo and France, Kusama left Japan at the age of 27 for the United States.
By 1960, Kusama was drawing abstracted natural forms in watercolor, gouache, and oil, primarily on paper. She began covering walls, floors, canvases, household objects and naked assistants. The polka dots became a trademark of her work.
Kusama took the vast fields of polka dots directly from her hallucinations. She called them or “infinity nets“.
Kusama’s exhibition, free entry
Yayoi Kusama is a precursor of the pop art, minimalist and feminist art movements. She influenced alongside her contemporaries Andy Warhol and George Segal.
Yayoi Kusama in her studio
Kusama is a resident at the hospital in present. Her studio is a short distance from the hospital in Shinjuku, Tokyo. There she has continued to produce work since the mid-1970s. Kusama is often quoted as saying:
“If it were not for art, I would have killed myself a long time ago.”
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