I wish I could have gone with Jessica, our eldest daughter, who recently went to visit friends in London. Whilst there she went to the Tate Modern to see an exhibition of work by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Influenced by events in her early life, hallucinations and severe obsessive thoughts of a suicidal nature, she developed her trademark style which she named “infinity nets”. This involved covering all manner of media with polka dots; the earliest recorded work in which she incorporated these dots was a drawing in 1939 at age 10, in which the image of a Japanese woman in a kimono, presumed to be the artist’s mother, is covered and obliterated by spots. She later went on to complete large 30 foot canvases and in the early 1960s Kusama began to cover items such as ladders, shoes and chairs with white phallic protrusions. (Interested in my Yayoi Kusama GIVEAWAY – click here for further details)
Yayoi Kusama went on to apply her technique to the bodies of painters, mirrored rooms and everyday objects to be found on a Singapore street.
At 83, Yayoi Kusama is now Japan’s most prominent contemporary artist. The exhibition at the Tate Modern runs until 5th June 2012. For more information follow this link Yayoi Kusama at the Tate Modern . (Interested in my Yayoi Kusama GIVEAWAY – click here for further details)