the wonder woman
yayoi kusama is like no other.
she is a woman that instills a sense of wonder through her art.
she obscures a person's perception of light and space and depth to transport them to a new place of light and space and depth. she reminds me of james turrell in that way a little.
and that fascinates me.
though, turrell really focuses on your perception of one object or thing – kusama focuses your perception of everything.
for me her art is fractals: indefinitely detailed but also complex within the greater perspective.
she uses chandeliers to achieve this in her work chandeliers of grief:
for yayoi kusama, everything is dots.
and those dots simplify the world.
i thought it was interesting that this perception reminded me of one of the main principles of the novel the swerve by stephen greenblatt. (first of all, you know that i am in full-on senior mode when i reference a summer reading book).
everything – people, matter, the things around us – is all made up of the same stuff. for kusama, life is dots, which in an abstract and artistic way, represent atoms.
kusama is my wonder woman.