Yayoi Kusama

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My art originates from hallucinations only I can see. I translate the hallucinations and obsessional images that plague me into sculptures and paintings. All my works in pastels are the products of obsessional neurosis and are therefore inextricably connected to my disease. I create pieces even when I don’t see hallucinations, though.
- Yayoi Kusama
Collection: Art
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If it were not for art, I would have killed myself a long time ago.
- Yayoi Kusama
Collection: Art
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Now our Earth is swarmed with issues such as life, death, illness, wars, economic crises and many others. It is time that we sing out loud the message, 'Love forever.'
- Yayoi Kusama
Collection: War
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I would like to dedicate to the whole world a great message. It is a message from Kusama who has struggled to survive as a human being and as an artist, and whose life has been brightly lit and strengthened by her pursuit of truth.
- Yayoi Kusama
Collection: Artist
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I always see these landscapes in my dreams, and feel happy. I desperately try to transform these dreams into artwork, so that even while napping, I construct and reconstruct various images.
- Yayoi Kusama
Collection: Dream
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I believe that eyes are very important motifs. Thats something that can discern the peace and love.
- Yayoi Kusama
Collection: Believe
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More and more I think about the role of the arts, and as an artist, I think that it's important that I share the love and peace.
- Yayoi Kusama
Collection: Art
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I have a lot left inside. I believe my art will last 500 years, 1,000 years and forever. For me, art is everything. I will strive to create works of art until I die, in the hope that my work will continue to touch the hearts of people even after I have died.
- Yayoi Kusama
Collection: Art
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The thought of continually eating something like macaroni, spat out by machinery, fills me with fear and revulsion, so I make macaroni sculptures. I make them and make them and then keep on making them, until I bury myself in the process. I call this 'obliteration.'
- Yayoi Kusama
Collection: Sculpture
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Since childhood, I have been painting, for no special reason, numerous dots and nets, drawing from the hallucinations that seem to appear endlessly. I can't explain why if you ask me.
- Yayoi Kusama
Collection: Drawing
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My ideas and creativity are the sources of inspiration for me.
- Yayoi Kusama
Collection: Inspiration
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I read the art reviews of my work. Some critics understand my art correctly, while some don't. I simply ignore the reviews written by the latter.
- Yayoi Kusama
Collection: Art
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I have been struggling with mental illness and emptiness throughout my life. Now I want people to understand my glorious quest for the truth. Working on paintings is a process toward my artistic creation. It is a new spiritual theme of my whole philosophy for pursuing the truth. Each painting represents a process in all of my art.
- Yayoi Kusama
Collection: Spiritual
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You know, I must really work hard. I'm in the last stage of my artistic life. But I'm so busy that I can't even think of dying. I fly all over the world, drive everywhere, and when I get home, I find interviewers and photographers and TV shows waiting for me. No wonder I'm so busy.
- Yayoi Kusama
Collection: Hard Work
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I have a large number of enthusiastic admirers of my art. And they all sing a hymn in praise from the bottom of their hearts for my art.
- Yayoi Kusama
Collection: Art
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There were times in the past that I got angry at some members of the press whose writings greatly disrupted my serious pursuit of art and my behavior as an artist.
- Yayoi Kusama
Collection: Art