A little background from Wikipedia:
Yayoi Kusama (草間 彌生 or 草間 弥生 Kusama Yayoi?, born March 22, 1929 in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture) is a Japanese artist whose paintings, collages, soft sculptures, performance art and environmental installations all share an obsession with repetition, pattern, and accumulation. (She has described herself as an “obsessive artist”.)
Kusama’s work is based in Conceptual art and shows some attributes of feminism, minimalism, surrealism, Art Brut, pop art, and abstract expressionism, and is infused with autobiographical, psychological, and sexual content. Kusama is also a published novelist and poet, and has created notable work in film and fashion design. She has long struggled with mental illness.
According to her biography on Wikipedia, she has suffered from suicidal tendencies, hallucinations, obsessive thoughts and severe physical abuse as a child. Frankly, I can see the obsessiveness in her work, but the playfulness certainly doesn’t match up in my mind with someone who has been suicidal on a recurring basis.
Her latest exhibit “Look Now, See Forever” is at the Gallery of Modern Art in Queensland, Australia from 19 November 2011 to 11 March 2012. Part of the work is a new installation commissioned for this exhibit called “The Obligteration Room.” Essentially, Kusama painted an entire room a stark white color and then gave children stickers and invited them to decorate.
Here is the room before the kids got to it:
Now here’s the room afterwards:
And just in case you are interested, here is the room in the meantime:
The colors are so frenetic, urgent, and aggressive that there is almost something disturbing about the room. But maybe that’s just from someone who wouldn’t be totally into a room full of gum balls.
Speaking of, Willy Wonka would be jealous of this room, I think.
- Yayoi Kusama – Look Now, See Forever Exhibition | Australia (freshnessmag.com)
- Yayoi Kusama’s flower sculptures brighten the Jardin des Tuileries for the Winter (artdabali.wordpress.com)
- What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids (boredpanda.com)
- The Obliteration Room, Kids Cover All White Room in Polka Dots (laughingsquid.com)
- Upgraded Childhood of the Day (thedailywh.at)
- White Room with Thousands of Stickers (blindfashion.wordpress.com)
- What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Kids (borderswebdesigner.wordpress.com)
- Globe Trotting: Kids Plaster White Room With Stickers in the Name of Art (curbed.com)
- This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids | Colossal (adelaidegreenporridgecafe.blogspot.com)