"In the neighboring villages near my hometown of Matsumoto, many people wanted to emigrate to America. I heard that everything was happening there, and I always wanted to go. American people have a more generous understanding of individuality than the Japanese, and the tempo in New York is so much slower. It's a big relief for me." Yayoi Kusama
"HER ENERGY IS ENDLESS. " Mark Jacob
ALTHOUGH I NEVER MEET YAYOI KUSAMA IN MY LIFE, SHE IS ABSOLUTELY MY TEACHER. HER STORY AND HER ART INSPIRED ME AND INFLUENCE MY ART.
Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist and she is also one of the most important living artists. She is one of outstanding delegates for modern- contemporary art. She is absolutely a leader of avant garden movement. Kusama works in a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, sculpture, performance art, and environmental installations. Her art pieces are famous for psychedelic colors, repetition and pattern. Most of her work, as she said, are inspired her hallucination. Illness tortured her but also inspired her to create great art. She is a pioneer of the pop art and minimalism. Kusama influenced contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg.
In my point of view, I prefer to call Yayoi Kusama is an environmental artist and an installation artist, although, she is also very famous for her painting and performance art.
Kusama’s work is based in conceptual art and shows some attributes of feminism, pop art, and abstract expressionism.
To begin with, I was very interested in Kusama’s stories, her childhood, and her legends in New York city. I feel I have similar experiences with Kusama. For example, we both use wild and bright colors, our works are very colorful, passionate. We both create pop, minimalism, and abstract expressionism art. We are international artists and we have similar backgrounds. We both left our homeland and came to New York when we were very young in order to pursue our art career.
I am very sensitive. I usually feel lonely and isolated. Especially, as a foreigner, living in New York city without any families and resources that makes me feel more insecure and nervous. Until I know Yayoi Kusama, I feel I understand her art and I found there are many similarity between us. Our art are infused with autobiographical, psychological, and sexual content. I think “sex ” is an everlasting topic in the art world. Maybe, at a certain age, I want to explore more about the relationship between men and women, men and men, women and women. I believe that sex is beautiful, passionate and colorful.