The Polka Dot World of Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama, the 83 years old princess of polka dots, is a sculptor, painter, writer, installation artist and performance artist. As a child, when she started to experience the hallucinations, from which she has since suffered all her life, her response was to paint polka dots. This motif has remained a central feature of her work, and expresses her feeling of revolving ‘in the infinity of endless time and the absoluteness of space,’ and her view of herself as ‘a dot lost among a million other dots.’

Kusama’s most recent international splash is reaching far beyond museums and into the fashion world. Recently the artist has collaborated with Marc Jacobs on a line of Louis Vuitton products including dresses, swimsuits, bags, jewelry, and sunglasses, injecting her colorful polka dot patterns into high fashion.