#FirstClassFriday: Yayoi Kusama's silkscreen prints
Dot. dot. dot.
You can never mistake a Yayoi Kusama piece for someone else's, and that's the charm of a Kusama original. Brimming with child-like enthusiasm, the Japanese artist's works are easily identified by her use of dense patterns of polka dots and nets, which are either contained to a print or a large-scale environment.
Like any good artist, Kusama's work is an extension of her neurosis — the 86-year-old has suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder, and is susceptible to hallucinations, which she experiences in polka dots and nets. In an attempt to balance her own psychological realm and the outside world, her art continues to evolve to this tune.
Which is why we consider her a classy act worthy of a Friday fixture. Rather than retreat into her mind, she involves the public in it, making it an immersive experience in rooms you can walk in and explore, and in bags and outfits you can don (remember her collaboration with Louis Vuitton?). Kusama's definitely an inspiration to live out loud, no matter what.
Yayoi Kusama's prints are available at Bank Art Fair 2015 and represented by Gallery UG.