Yayoi Kusama could just be one of the, if not the most, legendary living artists we have today. This 87-year-old Japanese virtuoso has worked in a variety of media including painting, collage, sculpture, installations, performance art, film, and writing. Most, if not all, of her works revolve around her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition, and pattern. Kusama’s inspiration in creating is quite unusual. Her art is largely influenced by how she wants her viewers to get a glimpse and understanding of how her reality looks like. Interestingly, this artist has experienced hallucinations and severe obsessive thoughts since childhood which often is suicidal in nature. This can be due to the physical abuse she suffered from her mother as a small child. It was earlier in her career that she discovered what eventually became her trademark — polka dots, or infinite nets as she calls them. For her, art is therapy and she describes herself as an obsessive artist. We have already featured
For her, art is therapy and she describes herself as an obsessive artist. We have already featured one of her exhibitions here in Design Faves. Below is another set from her Give Me Love exhibit in 2015, but if you want to learn more about this artist and her other pieces, visit her website and Facebook.