I had the pleasure of being able to explore Yayoi Kusama's Life is the Heart of A Rainbow' art exhibition in Singapore over the weekend.
I initially found out about her work through her collaboration with Louis Vuitton, but became interested because of her background; an artist who used her art to express her moments of mental illness and still actively produces art today while residing in a psychiatric institution in her home country Japan.
It seems that Yayoi herself went through so many challenges to achieve her dream of being an artist, from the resistance by her family to the challenges of a foreign woman in the arts alone in New York when she just started. She received a lot of backlash from the art community in Japan for using nudity in her art, and was not well accepted there, but she continued to experiment, and paint, and constantly seems to reinvent herself with the use of different mediums.
Her works appear simple to the naked eye, a kaleidoscope of dots and mesh, but what I find fascinating is the insight to her mind that her art expresses.
Are they the works of someone who teetered on the brink of madness?
The installation is showing at the Singapore National Art Gallery until the 3rd of September 2017. Tickets can be bought online or at the counter ( $15 for Singaporeans/PRs or $25 for Non-Singaporeans), and entry is every hour. There are four sections of the exhibits and the usherers will guide you through the different sections, although you also have the flexibility to take as much time as you want through the different exhibits.
If you're in the region, it's a must-see!