Before going to see Yayoi Kusama’s ‘LIFE IS THE HEART OF A RAINBOW’ exhibit at GoMA, I didn’t know much about Kusama other than of her infatuation with polka dots. The sheer volume and genius of the art moved me to do some research upon returning home, and what I discovered completely complemented the playfulness of her work.
Suffering from mental illness and hallucinations from a young age, Kusama began painting and creating to help herself survive. In her rare interviews, she presents her own views on The Universe and humanity – drenched in simplicity and childlike wonder, but with the wisdom of connection to a Higher 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, colourful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots can’t stay alone; like the communicative life of people, two or three polka-dots become movement… Polka-dots are a way to infinity.”
For me, fur (faux, of course) is the sartorial translation of Kusama’s art. A very ‘serious farshunnnn‘ textile, while being shamelessly fun and offering a sort of confidence you only get from being reeeeeeally high, or wearing a fucking FIERCE jacket.
Wearing: grey singlet by Bassike & customised by me, faux fur vest by Somedays Lovin’, white silk trousers by Sass & Bide, studded slides by Sol Sana, snakeskin clutch by Louenhide
Photography by Hannah Rowell