Insanity of an artist

Insanity of an artist

 

by Mahdi Shadkar

Madness is a part of her artworks. Because truly she had psychological problems. So, how could be the interpretation of insanity into the art? I know an example : YAYOI KUSAMA
When I visited Kusama’s exhibition in Paris (in december 2011), I discovered this turbulent artist due to remarkable diversity from her early artworks until the very last recent ones. Yayoi Kusama created lots of artworks in any genre, from 50 s until now. But the only frequent element of her art is : dots.
The concept of ‘Endless Dots’ or ‘Infinity Nets’ is her unique connecting ring to her entire works. She called ‘Self Obliteration’, with emphasize the ‘dots’ and use them to fillfull all the 2D and 3D spaces, to abolish other things, or maybe to abolish her surrundings, or  herself, indeed.
She liked a lot to be photographed in front of her dotty works, dressed in dotty dresses, or simply nude with some color dots on her skin. Means she wanted to be part of her environment to be obliterated with dots, while vanishing into the infinity. Could be kind of escaping from herself, or something like that. I can’t judge because I know nothing about psycology. But this is the way I think about her feelings.
She continued with some performances, to draw dots on nude humans, horses, dogs and cats, and even the water. In one performance, she put red dots on the water.
Self Obliteration – Yayoi Kusama – 1967
Yayoi putting dots on a nude body
Yayoi putting dots on a nude body
White Infinity Dots – Yayoi Kusama – 2007
White Infinity Dots – Yayoi Kusama – 2007
Kusama and her dots all around
Kusama and her dots all around
The moment of Regeneration (2004)
The moment of Regeneration (2004)

 

Kusama learned a theme from her ‘Dots’ concept, and that was ‘accumulation’. So, in the middle of her works, about 70s and 80s, she started to create objects in any categories, in series, and started to accumulate them together to have a pile of those objects. But she returned to her initiative simple minimal favorite object -dots- to accumulate them in new ways. So, 3D Environments of Kusama have been created, and  2D canvas with white color-dots transformed to 3D spaces, designed to show infinity with mirror walls and mirror ceiling, full of dotty objects. This time, the dots could be ‘lights’.
I took some photos inside 2 environment of Kusama in Paris exhibition in Centre Pompidou. A video of a psychologist talking about Kusama is as follows. (in French), also another video, presenting her exhibition. The videos are official videos of Centre Pompidou Paris.
Environment of Kusama – Centre Pompidou Paris – Photo : Mahdi Shadkar
YAYOI KUSAMA by Mahdi SHADKAR - Paris 2011
YAYOI KUSAMA by Mahdi SHADKAR – Paris 2011
YAYOI KUSAMA
YAYOI KUSAMA by Mahdi SHADKAR – Paris 2011
YAYOI KUSAMA
YAYOI KUSAMA by Mahdi SHADKAR – Paris 2011

 

More photos taken by me , here : Environment of YAYOI

Présentation de  l’exposition Kusama au Centre Pompidou


Yayoi Kusama, du 10 octobre 2011 au 9 janvier 2012 by centrepompidou

Memory of Yayoi’s exhibition, up to 56 minutes of video on entire exhibtion The order of this virtual visit is exactly chronologic from her early works in Japan, and white canvas dotty artworks, until the environments and very last works of Yayoi Kusama.


Mémoire de l’exposition Yayoi Kusama by centrepompidou


Entretien avec Gérard Wajcman, psychanaliste… by centrepompidou