Yayoi Kusama


Since her childhood, Yayoi Kusama has been seeing things which are, obviously, not there. Sometimes she sees dots spreading everywhere on the walls and on all objects around.
She finds this a little creepy and to get rid of this feeling, she starts painting pictures.

Pictures with dots, many dots, thousands of dots. She can’t stop. And Yayoi doesn’t only paint dots on paper but also on walls, furniture, clothes, water surfaces and even on herself and other people.

She creates whole rooms in which everything is covered with dots. Our eyes see the single objects disappearing; appearing instead as a whole. The Japanese artist says:

“The earth is a dot, the moon, the sun, the starts are all made of dots. You and me, we are dots.”

Surely you have at least one thing with a dotted pattern, don’t you? With dot stickers from the stationary shop you can easily connect all things for yourself.

DIY idea and photo by Friederike Fankhänel, more for grown-ups: “Kusama’s Self-Obliteration” (Jud Yalkut, 1967) on YouTube