Yayoi Kusama is a great Japanese artist. Her sculptures and installations became one of the symbols of the psychedelic revolution of the 60’s. She had a difficult childhood because her mother was a generator of all disorders and a real cruel tyrant for the educational purposes. Perhaps this was the reason of her hallucinating when she was 10 years old. This motives formed the basis of her work. Her “post-hypnotic” art belongs to the Pop Art, Op-Art, neo-realism and minimalism. She’s living at the mental hospital in Tokyo for many years and is the most expensive contemporary artist.
“Someday I looked at the red tablecloth with a flowers print and realized the same flowers are at the ceiling, windows, walls of the room, my body and all the universe. I felt self-destructed, dissolved in the infinity of the time and space, into nothingness. I realized that this is not in my mind, but in reality and got scared. I knew I had to run away to save my life from the destructive spells of the red flowers. I desperately ran up the stairs. Steps began to crumble under my feet, I felt down the stairs and broke my leg.”
In 1957 she decided to move to New York. In spite of the fact that she had no friends and didn’t know the language she could conquer the city. The surrealist Joseph Cornell became her best friends and her fan. That time Yayoi Kusama created not just sculptures, paintings and her pictures with dots she also made installations, collages, photo-collages, extravagant clothes and experimental movies. But most of all she is famous for her performances that became a part of the protest culture of 60’s.
“I’m a crazy artist. People can call me whatever they want and I consider myself heretic in the art world. When I create my own work I don’t think about anything else, when I’m possessed by the power that gripped my body. My mental disorder is the source of my work. If there was no creation in the world, i’d kill myself”.
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