Yayoi Kusama and Our Fasination with Infinity

This past weekend I was lucky enough to visit the highly anticipated Infinity Mirrors exhibit by Yayoi Kusama.

Kusama expresses this connection in her artwork. She too is fascinated by the idea of infinity. If you are on Instagram, you may have come across a mirror selfie from one of her “infinity rooms” and maybe noticed like….a lot of polka dots.

Her creative vision began at the young age of 6. In her mind, she would see endless fields of dots that covered everything. To cope with the visions, she began drawing vast webs of the dots in what she fondly refers to as “infinity nets”

“My [infinity] nets grew beyond myself and beyond the canvases I was covering with them. They began to cover the walls, the ceiling, and finally the whole universe. I was always standing at the center of the obsession, over the passionate accretion and repetition inside of me”

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The collection of her 65 years of work is currently in the Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C. The collection is a very immersive exhibit where you have the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with the work in different rooms.

The walls of the rooms are completely covered with mirrors to create the illusion of infinity. Reflected in the mirrors are things like plush dot fields, hanging light structures, and pumpkins – which she loves because they are funny looking and she thinks humor is a great way to cope with all of the crappy things that happen in the world. There is also an all-white room where you are given a sticker sheet and told to place them wherever. To be honest I mostly just thought about how they clean it up.

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Along the way, you will see many paintings and odd sculptures that are a great addition to the overall experience.

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I like the idea of infinite. Although it’s eternal, it feels so intimate. Our minds, the world around us, the stars above us and the physics beyond our realm of understanding are all connected in a beautiful, symbiotic relationship of soul and element. Without these connections, we are nothing.

 

 

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