'I wanted to start a revolution, using art to build the sort of society I myself envisioned.' — Yayoi Kusama
An eccentric yet brilliant mind, we delve into the genius of Japanese born artist Yayoi Kusama for the latest in the Trailblazer Series. Known best for her bold and psychedelic work, she was one of the first artists to experiment with immersive works at the start of the pop art movement.
Dubbing herself the 'Princess of the Polka Dot', her early art sees an exploration of spots as an act of political protest. Beginning on canvas, before posing in front of her art in matching gowns, her work soon spread to mass gatherings where guests were painted in polka print as live art, before scaling up again into her now famous 'Infinity Room' installations.
Only now receiving the accolade that her trailblazing thought deserves, Kusama best explains her work in her own words - 'I create environmental art to prove great spirit of inquiry in the diverse human history. It is environmental art that I could devote all my efforts to as a way to seek for truth with all my heart.'
Discover the Aje ode to the Princess of the Polka Dot here and now.