Lately, I have become captivated by artist Yayoi Kusama and her work. After her collaboration with fashion house Louis Vuitton was announced I wanted to learn more. What caught my attention was of course the polka dots– I love everything polka dot– but, delving deeper into the work, I became interested in her as the artist and person, almost more than the work itself. Kusama was born in Japan but came to New York in the late 1950’s where she thrived in the avant-garde art scene. She returned to Japan in 1973 and began writing surrealistic poetry and prose. At the same time she became ill and checked herself into a mental institution where she still lives and produces her work today. Currently, she has an exhibit on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
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