The other week, I flew up to GOMA in Brisbane to see the ‘Life is the heart of a rainbow‘ exhibition by iconic Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama.
Yayoi’s work was sectioned off in different rooms – some of which you had to line up for. I started exploring her earlier works in the gallery rooms, which consisted of experimental paintings and sculptures.
The adjoining rooms had work consisting of the iconic pumpkin motif which stems from her childhood and bears “connotations of growth and fertility, and the sense that when a pumpkin swells to abnormal size it is a thing of wonder, a gift of the earth able to feed whole communities.” (source)
Other rooms consisted of the dots – Yayoi’s trademark motif. The dots represent her traumas and hallucinations as a child. “When she was ten years old, she began to experience vivid hallucinations which she has described as “flashes of light, auras, or dense fields of dots” (source)
“A polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colorful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots become movement … Polka dots are a way to infinity.”
The rooms with the dots and infinity mirrors were the most popular attractions, which is why there were long lines to see them.