“I translate the hallucinations and obsessional images that plague me into sculptures and paintings.”
“I fight pain, anxiety and fear every day, and the only method I have found that relieves my illness is to keep creating art. I followed the thread of art and somehow discovered a path that would allow me to live. “
“A polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colourful, senseless and unknowing.”
“Become one with eternity. Become part of your environment. Take off your clothes. Forget yourself. Make love.”
Credit:Tyrone Turner for The New York Times
Credit: Tyrone Turner for The New York Times
Dorothy Tanner had told me that she and Mel visited Yayoi Kusama’s studio in New York in the mid-1960s when Kusama was creating art with macaroni as her medium. Her Museum opens in Tokyo in Oct.
“Since 1977, Ms. Kusama has lived by choice in a mental hospital in Tokyo due to nervous disorders and hallucinations stemming from childhood. She continues to paint and create to this day in her artist studio across the street from the psychiatric hospital.”