Yayoi Kusama’s work employing a repetition, accumulation, proliferation and expansion of same factors or patterns has been a means to liberate herself from psychopathic paranoia and hallucinosis and enabled her to feel catharsis. Her pumpkins covered with polka dots are her major works first set in Naoshima in 1994 and later installed in various places. Although pumpkins have been conventionally symbolic of “ugliness,” to the artist it is “a medium to bring about poetic peace” with its “wild” and “humorous” magnetism.
Born in Nagano, Japan, Yayoi Kusama left Japan in 1957 and actively started her career in New York City. When she was ten years old, she began to experience vivid hallucinations in which every object in her surroundings included polka dots or dense fields of dots. The Infinite Nets series covered with the vast fields of polka dots was directly influenced by her hallucinations. Afterwards, this series was produced as sculptural works, crossing the border between object and canvas.