ring with you my first ever encounter with world-renowned Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. I was lucky enough to catch her exhibit at Helsinki Art Museum when I was in Finland last year. Back then, I had no idea who she was–which was a tragedy really because her work is amazing and I was obviously missing out.
I remember when I first walked into her exhibit–entering through a bold red staircase with a gigantic red bulbous installation hanging from the ceiling. I thought, “Wow! I’m definitely in for something wildly unexpected.” And true enough. I was.
There by the top of the stairs, an installation of Yayoi herself standing in the middle of her trademark polka dots was waiting for me. It was so realistic that for a moment there I actually thought “Installation Yayoi” would start moving! As I made my way around the exhibit, I got more and more invested in the eccentric world of Yayoi Kusama. It really is like no other. There were mirror installations of infinite polka dots and artwork painted in bold colors and patterns. There’s also a room called Obliteration Room where guests can leave their own polka dot mark. It’s basically just an all white room filled with white furniture and decor and guests can leave polka dot stickers wherever–resulting in the mot colorful polka dot room I would’ve probably loved to live in as a child. So why the obsession over polka dots? Apparently, according to HAM’s website, “Kusama’s idiosyncratic imagery arises from the recurring visual hallucinations she has experienced since her childhood, in which the world appears covered in dots and repeating patterns, almost like an infinitely starry sky.” So this must be how it’s like to be in the mind of an art genius!
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