Tuesday, August 17, 2010

the spicks & the specks

Japanese conceptual artist Yayoi Kusama is a self-described obsessive. Early in Kusama's career, she began covering surfaces which inlcuded walls, floors, canvases with the polka dots, and later moving onto household objects and naked assistants. This would become her trademark work. The vast fields of polka dots, or "infinity nets," as she called them, were taken directly from her hallucinations. Currently Kusama lives, by choice, in a mental hospital in Tokyo, where she has continued to produce work since the mid-1970s.
In 2008 Christies New York sold a work by her for $5.1 million, a record for a living female artist.
"...a polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colorful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots become movement... Polka dots are a way to infinity."

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