One of the artists who would be a perfect addition to the book would be Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese artist who is also referred to as “The Princess of Polka Dots”. As much as Kusama is known to make varying forms of art including installations, paintings, performances and sculptures, they all share the same feature where they are made up of dots. Her usage of dots to create varying forms of art emanated from a dream that she had as a little girl where there was an expanse of flowers that got her a self-obliterating feeling. The addition of dots and marks all over her paintings, clothes, drawings and objects creates the feeling that she is meting into and becoming a component of the larger universe. It is noteworthy that Kusama creates environments made of dots in an effort to get the audience to experience the self-obliterating feeling. Terming the environments her “Infinity Rooms”, Kusama creates the rooms through installation of multitudinous flashing colored LED lights to make mirrored rooms. It is noteworthy that the pinpricks of light in dark rooms are an endless reflection in the mirrors, thereby giving the audience a feeling of being in apparently endless space. In essence, the audience would be surrounded by dots that engulf them making it immensely difficult to tell where one ends or even where the other parts of the room start. Throughout her nine decades, Kusama has persistently reinvented and innovated her style, with her art ranging from art works on paper incorporating intense semi-abstract imagery to the form of soft sculpture referred to as accumulations, as well as the “Infinite Net” paintings that are designed using meticulously repeated arcs of paint that is incorporated in large patterns.
Kusama’s art and design strategy involving polka dots has been incorporated in a wide range of graphic design projects including in the making of logos, as well as product packages. Even more noteworthy is the fact that the use of polka dots in art ad graphic design is not new as other forms of art such as pointillism, which based on the assumptions of color theory. The theory stipulated that the placement of numerous dots of varying albeit complementary colors close to each other would cause the human eye to blend them to intermediate tone. The incorporation of Kusama and her artworks in the text book would come in handy in providing more insights into the concept of infinity in artworks.
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Morby, Alice. “Yayoi Kusama’s Life and Career Illustrated for New Children’s Book.” Dezeen, 3 Oct. 2017, www.dezeen.com/2017/09/01/yayoi-kusama-childrens-book-graphic-design/.
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