Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Dotsessive Artist : Yayoi Kusama

It seems that Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has an obsession about dots. Her paintings;


soft sculptures;

performance art;

and environmental installations;

all has one thing in common and these works are obsessed with repetition, pattern and accumulation. She also describes herself as an obsessive artist.

Yayoi Kusama's work is based in conceptual art. Early in her career, she began covering surfaces such as walls, floors, canvases and later household objects with polka dots. "A polka dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colourful, senseless and unknowing. Polka dots become movement... Polka dots are a way to infinity." says Kusama. 

Now, she is almost in her 80s, and is one of the most influential and widely collected artists of the 1960's and up. Her work is still on display in different exhibitions around the world. 

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