Yayoi, b. 1929, Japan, troubled by horrifying dreams. Today she lives and works in the Seiwa Hospital for the Mentally Ill in Japan.
Moved to the States in the 60’s, became part of the “Happenings” art scene, staged orgies. She was asexual and terrified of sex, but necked with artist Joseph Cornell.
The soon to be Princess of Polka Dots had a fear of phallus fetish and worked them into her designs. Kusama was also considered a Pop artist.
She began with her polka dots on pumpkins.
Yayoi’s installation art is huge. See her sitting beside her polka dot pumpkin above.
Kusama began experimenting with new shapes and fashion.
The Princess of Polka Dots began a collaboration with Louis Vuitton.
The Princess of Polka dots uses her signature designs on Louis Vuitton store front in Tokyo.
Store display collaboration with Louis Vuitton.
Kusama also moves her polka dots into water based environmental installations.
Here she is today, close to 90 years old, she remains a prolific artist, is hot on the auction block and has turned her fears and anxieties into an amazing creative endeavor. Once a national disgrace, She is now a national treasure in Japan.
For more, visit http://www.yayoi-kusama.jp/