Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Infinity Mirrors at the High

By Nava R.
Yayoi Kusama!

Hi, my name is Nava and I went to the High Museum of Art on January 19, 2019! The exhibit was about Yayoi Kusama who is an 89 year old artist. Since 1959, her art work has been in exhibit around the world. The tickets for her exhibitions are sold out. The High Museum of Art was really crowded and they had entrance tickets every 30 minutes.  We had to buy our tickets in advance.
There were six art rooms in her exhibition. Kusama is the youngest out of four kids, she had a tough childhood. Her father was not at home and having affairs with other woman besides his wife. Kusama’s mother would make her spy on the affairs, which left Kusama with an enduring hatred for the male body.  She started hallucinating at age 10. Her paintings were what she saw and this is how she revealed her mental disease. Creating these kinds of art was a way of how she survived.

Kusama’s obsession was the use of dots. Mirrors and polka dots are her trademark.  she says "one day I was looking at the red flower patterns of the tablecloth on a table, and when I looked up I saw the same pattern covering the ceiling, the windows and the walls, and finally all over the room, my body, and the universe.

Kusama’s creations in the High Museum were amazing!  I think what Kusama did is a great thing, she made a way to cope from hallucinations and this is a great way to show that everyone has a happy place, they just have to find it! However, I did not like  the 20 minute line for each room which we could only stay in it for about 20-30 seconds. I think most of her art work invites you to feel her pain, depression and analyze her images. It was hard to see her point of view within 20 seconds in and out in such a rushed visit but I'm glad I was able to see her last show in the US.  What was your experience?

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