I wanted to start a revolution, using art to build the sort of society i myself envisioned.
Regularly cited as one of Andy Warhol’s inspirations, Yayoi Kusama is a revered, yet controversial, Japanese artist and writer whose work has transcended two of the major art movements of the late twentieth century: pop art and minimalism.
Known for her signature use of polka dots and avant-garde style, Kusama boldy addresses countless societal issues in her work, including feminism, homosexuality, environmentalism, and mental illness. Despite being voluntarily institutionalized for the past 38 years, Kusama has embraced her mental illness and channeled her pain and experiences into the creation of memorable, moving pieces of contemporary art, all with a deeper meaning.
Through her work, she is able to transform her internal darkness into something bright, beautiful, and poignant. As she explains, “Every time I have had a problem, I have confronted it with the ax of art.”