Today's Inspiration- Yayoi Kusama

by - Saturday, February 15, 2014

This woman is a total badass, beginning to make pop art before pop art back in the 50's. Very often arts that women are associated with, like fashion, are seen as lesser, but Kusama makes the links between what is on us and what is around us clear and undeniable. Also, her work looks like joy (how could you not love an artist who mostly works in polka dots?). Even now, she continues to work, which puts her squarely in my favorite pantheon of feminist artists who continue to argue the importance of their voice and work into their 70's and 80's. That is some badassery.

In her studio in 1958, from

Infinity Mirror Room, 1965, from


 This is my quintessential Kusama picture (I can't find a date, but I am going to guess mid-60's), because of its seeming fashion-spread posturing and common tokens of femininity (the purse and teacup), yet this pretty polka dotted chair has been overturned, and her face looks intimidating. It seems both playful and slightly threatening in a way that makes a lot of sense to me.

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