Yayoi Kusama ( Japanese, 1929 )
"I am deeply terrified by the obsessions crawling over my body, whether they come from within me or outside. I fluctuate between feelings of reality and unreality." -- Yayoi Kusama
Obsessive repetition characterizes Yayoi Kusama's art, which ranges from paintings to mixed-media sculptures and performance art. In Accumulation, hundreds of bulging forms transform an everyday chair into an unsettling, yet comical creature. As a child, Kusama suffered from hallucinations. As an adult, her art-making, which entails the monotonous act of covering huge surfaces with intricate patterns and organic shapes, has allowed her to take control of her illness.
Charlie Wylie, Private Universes, 2009.