My favorite artist——Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese contemporary artist and writer, started to paint using polka dots and nets as motifs at around age ten, and created fantastic paintings in watercolour,pastel and oil.

Her work has transcended two of the most important art movements of the second half of the twentieth century: pop art and minimalism. Her extraordinary and highly influential career spans paintings, performances, room-size presentations, outdoor sculptural installations, literary works, films, fashion, design, and interventions within existing architectural structures, which allude at once to microscopic and macroscopic universes. Over the past 50 years, artists, art historians and theorists have grappled with the politics, pain and pleasures of the body and its relationship with identity.

Yayoi Kusama’s vast and richly provocative body of work has dealt with many of these issues. To say that Kusama’s oeuvre is stylistically varied is an understatement; alongside her complex character, it makes any singular analysis impossible. The presence of the artist’s body, and an embrace of the performative, however, connect this seminal artist's divergent practice and continue to color her art today. It has been said of many artists that their art and lives are inextricably linked. This is true of Kusama in both a concrete and visceral sense: Kusama is the Infinity Net and the Polka-dot, two interchangeable motifs that she adopted as her alter ego, her logo, her franchise and her weapon of incursion into the world at large.

1. My life, a dot: that is, one of a million particles. A while net of nothingness composed of an astronomical aggregation of connected dots will obliterate me and others, and the whole of the universe.

2. Yayoi Kusama. In recent years, the practice of Yayoi Kusama, now in her eighties, has developed in astounding ways. Already, she has transcended gender and generation, coming to resemble no less than some eternal being liberated from the cycle of reincarnation. But, come to think of it, Kusama has defied categorisation for a long time, perhaps even transcending our very notion of art.

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