One of my favourite artists. I love her work because it is so colourful and child-like and because of the polka dots. I love polka dots, my great Nan had polka dots on her toothbrush mug. That is a happy memory, I felt safe and loved at my Nan’s house. This may have sowed the seeds for my love of vintage and the Laura Ashley and Cath Kidstone brands.
Yayoi Kusama also has a mental illness. In a documentary I watched about her I learned that she chose to live in a mental institution as it is the only place she feels safe . She uses it as her base but goes everyday to her studio and creates all day. I quite envy that she has almost reverted to child-like state and role, looked after, free to play all day. I can also relate to the fear of being a threat to one’s self.