Yayoi Kusama quotes reflecting Kusama’s unique perspective on art, mental health, and the expansive nature of her artistic vision.
Her work explores themes of obsession, infinity, and the relationship between the individual and the universe.
“If it were not for art, I would have killed myself a long time ago.”
“I fight pain, anxiety, and fear every day, and the only method I have found that relieves my illness is to keep creating art.”
“My art originates from hallucinations only I can see. I translate the hallucinations and obsessional images that plague me into sculptures and paintings.”
“I am an obsessional artist. People call me crazy, but I am not crazy. My vision is clear in my madness.”
“I want to create things that are infinite, expand beyond the canvas.”
“Art is something that helps me overcome my weaknesses and face the world with a sense of hope.”
“I will keep on making my art until the day I die, and even after I die, my spirit will keep creating new art.”
“The polka dots, I had the feeling that these polka dots are the very things that make me. They started to expand in my body, covering the walls, the ceiling, and finally the whole universe.”
“Our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos.”
“Art should be something that liberates your soul, provokes the imagination, and encourages people to go further.”