Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Yayoi Kusama

I visited the Tate this week and saw the spotty paintings and installations of the artist Yayoi Kusama. She has a kind of hallucinatory condition where she sees the world covered in spots and has recreated this in her artwork as a way of coping with it. She has lived in a psychiatric hospital, self imposed, since the 70s in a room with just a bed and french windows looking out onto a garden where she can see tennis players. Every day she eats breakfast, walks to her studio to paint, comes back for lunch and then back to her studio and is looked after by the staff, I guess, who feed her and tidy up . .....This life appeals to me!

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