Yayoi Kusama Dots Obsession series of installations reconfigures her trademark polka dots and mirrors ? along with huge, amorphous inflatable objects - in response to specific sites. Dots Obsession visually approximates the hallucinations Kusama reportedly suffered as a child, in which the entirety of her surrounding space was covered with repeating patterns. The installation also reveals the artist careful attention to the construction of space through color and form, and to the play of light and perspective accomplished by repeating a few simple devices - creating an immersive experience from red paint, white dots, giant balloons and strategically placed mirrors.
Yayoi Kusama(1929-), is a Japanese artist and writer. Throughout her career she has worked in a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, sculpture, performance art and environmental installations, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition and pattern. A precursor of the pop art, minimalist and feminist art movements, Kusama influenced contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg. Kusama is now acknowledged as one of the most important voice of the avant-garde.
Following the success of the Japanese pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1993 ? a dazzling mirrored room filled with small pumpkin sculptures in which she resided in color-coordinated magician's attire ? Kusama went on to produce a huge, yellow pumpkin sculpture covered with an optical pattern of black spots. The pumpkin came to represent for her a kind of alter-ego or self-portrait. Kusama's later installation I'm Here, but Nothing, is a simply furnished room consisting of table and chairs, place settings and bottles, armchairs and rugs, however its walls are tattooed with hundreds of fluorescent polka dots glowing in the UV light. The result is an endless infinite space where the self and everything in the room is obliterated.