So says Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Visitors of her phenomenal Victoria Miro Wharf Road show in 2016 climbed these stairs to heaven with her. For the show, Kusama brought three Infinity Rooms to Islington; mirrored convex chambers, each with some flickering light source, in which everything becomes suddenly infinite; suspended in a kaleidoscopic cosmos.
This November, Kusama returns to Victoria Miro with a new large-scale Infinity Mirrored Room and a major solo show of new work. On display alongside her mirrored installation, embellished with paper lanterns covered with polka dot patterns, will be a collection of new paintings, including works from the My Eternal Soul series, and painted bronze pumpkin and flower sculptures. Continuing to explore the themes of cosmic infinity and personal obsession, the new works in this exhibition showcase an artist at the height of her artistic prowess.
Kusama has since explored the psychedelic and hallucinatory in her work. She has lived in a psychiatric hospital, voluntarily, since 1977; both fearing and nurturing insanity. Working in a nearby studio, Kusama channels her mental illness to positive creative effect through art. Both her trademark polka dots and instantly recognizable Infinity Nets — oils featuring loosely painted single-coloured semicircles, which link together to form a lace-like net – are said to be inspired by her hallucinations.
To say that she has been steadily gaining momentum in recent years would be an understatement. Kusama collaborated with Louis Vuitton for a collection in 2012. She was named World's Most Popular Artist in 2014, and opened her own Museum in Tokyo in October 2017. We await her London return with great anticipation.
|What||Yayoi Kusama exhibition, Victoria Miro London|
|Where||Victoria Miro, 16 Wharf Road , London, N1 7RW | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Old Street (underground)|
03 Oct 18 – 21 Dec 18, Closed on Sundays and Mondays
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