Yayoi Kusama has been creating stunning works for the past 60 years, and is one of the most exciting artists working today. Covering many creative faucets, encompassing film-making, painting, drawing, sculpture, fashion, performance and public specacles (or 'happenings' as she refers to them), Kusama really is a talent to be reckoned with...
Working a lot with her trademark polka dots, Kusama has created various stunning installations incorporating the viewer as the crucial element. A few years ago she also collaborated with Louis Vuitton, creating a collection that covered everything from bags to dresses, all covered in her signature bold spots.
Dots have played a big part in Kusama's life, she suffered hallucinations as a child, during which Kusama says her surroundings in were covered in repeating patterns and dots. She draws a lot from these experiences when she creates, sometimes entering an almost trance like state.
'Dots Obsession' is a series of installations made up of huge, inflatable objects. Red-and-white pola dots cover the gallery floor, walls, ceiling and objects, and the use of floor to ceiling mirrors create an infinite effect.
In 2011 Kusama created The Obliteration room in the Queensland Art Gallery. The room was a replica of an typical Australian home, complete with all the furnishings the whole room and everything in it was painted white, creating a completely blank canvas. Kusama then invited the viewer to change the space, or 'obliterate' in her terms, by applying brightly coloured stickers in the form of dots, onto every available surface.
The outCome is really quite stunning. Over the period of time in the gallery, the exhibition space went from stark white room to an obliteration of colour.
Yayoi Kusami, the Princess of Polka Dots. What an incredible woman who has created a wonderful way to get lost in this dotty world.