Yayoi Kusama Essay

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Yayoi Kusama If you see Yayoi Kusama's arts first time, you would feel weird and dreamlike. She is obsessed with showing dots, nets, and another world. She had abnormal childhood that probably affected her art work. She was born March 29, 1929 in Matsumoto in Japan. Kusama has experienced hallucination and obsessive thoughts since she was a kid. She asserts that her mother physically abuse caused her to suffer. She started to paint using polka dots and nets as motifs at around age ten, and created fantastic paintings in watercolors, pastels and oils. She entered Kyoto University in 1947 and studied art. After graduation, she held a private exhibition in 1952 and started as an artist. In addition, she went to the United Stated in 1957. Showed large paintings, soft sculptures, and environ mental sculptures using mirrors and electric light balls. In the late 1960s, she staged many Happenings such as body painting festivals, fashion shows and anti-war demonstrations. Moreover, she even launched media-related activities such as film production and newspaper publication. In 1968, the film “Kusama's Self-Obliteration"which Kusama produced and starred in won a prize at the Fourth International Experimental Film Competition in Belgium and the Second Maryland Film Festival and the second prize at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. However, she did not profit financially from her work. Around this time, Kusama was hospitalized regularly from overwork. In 1973, Kusame returned to Japan in ill health. After she got back, she issued visceral and surrealistic novels, short stories, and poetry. She was diagnosed the mentally ill at Seiwa Hospital. Even though she has to live at the hospital, she continued to produce and show art works in Shinjuku where is close to the hospital. Art was the impetus to Kusama to be alive. She is often quoted as saying: "If it were not for art, I
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