- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; Tra edition (January 30, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226464989
- ISBN-13: 978-0226464985
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama Hardcover – January 30, 2012
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About the Author
Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist who works in many mediums and is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Praemium Imperiale. She is the author of Hustlers Grotto of Christopher Street, among other books. Ralph McCarthy is a literary translator whose work includes Dazai Osamu’s Self Portraits and Blue Bamboo and Ryu Murakami’s Sixty-Nine and Love & Pop.
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She painted the same thing every day: black canvases covered with nothing but nets, which looked like white lace. She describes her obsessive repetitive patterns and her ‘severe neurosis’ stemming from a ‘toxic childhood.’ She says that ‘before and after creating a work I fell ill, menaced by obsessions that crawl through my body.’ She suffered hallucinations, asthma, arrhythmia, tachycardia, and high and low blood pressure due to her severe anxieties. ‘If it were not for art, I would have killed myself a long time ago.’
Kusama’s autobiography describes her thoughts behind her artwork, how they developed, and why she focussed on specific themes. It provides readers with a full understanding behind her as an iconic figure and her iconic art. She is exceptionally honest and open about her mental anguish, but also about how she fully comprehends the triggers and how she deals with her demons – initially personally and later with the assistance of professional psychiatrists when she checked herself into a psychiatric hospital.
Writing her autobiography in 2001 at 72 years of age, she is now 87, living in the psychiatric hospital, and still painting.
This is a fascinating autobiography. This is more than a description of her artwork. It is an in-depth private view of her imagination and creativity, and the neuroses that drives her art as a way to exterminate her fears. ‘The positive and negative become one and consolidate my expression.’ She defines her work as Psychosomatic Art. Kusama finishes her autobiography in 2001 in a reflective, calm state of mind, content to continue her art – because she needs to, because she has to, because she wants to, and because it keeps her alive.