Infinity is the word that comes to mind when thinking of Yayoi Kusama’s tireless creative spirit as a visual artist but also as performance artist, filmmaker, fashion designer and novelist. Self- expression through these artforms enable her to discover novel areas of the mind as she explains in her 2002 Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama: “For me, self-expression through art and self-expression through writing are essentially the same thing. Both offer methods of discovering new territories of the mind. And with both, I always aim to be in the vanguard.”
Repetitive patterns that stem from her dreams and hallucinations form the red thread in all her creations leading to obsessional images that transformed her disease on canvas, screen, textiles, and paper. Repetition also characterises her work routine that she describes as follows: “Every day I create artwork either at a small place allotted me at the hospital or at my studio. At night I write novels.” Day and night creating an infinite obsessive and repetitive Gesamtkunstwerk allowed the artist to translate her all-consuming thoughts onto various mediums while simultaneously accepting and embracing that part of her being.
Galerie von Vertes Online Exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Between Heaven and Earth transports the viewer to a colourful pulsating cosmos in which one is being submerged in the artists inner life that is void of time and space but is filled with an eternity of obsessions and repetitions. Experiencing a loss of control floating between heaven and earth. The online presentation showcases a variety of works dated from 1952 to 2014 on canvas, paper, and multimedia. We look forward welcoming you online!