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Yayoi Kusama

April16

Our Earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos. Polka dots are a way to infinity.                                                Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity by Sarah Suzuki, illustrated by Ellen Weinstein with reproductions of works by Yayoi Kusama (Museum of Modern Art)

Yayoi Kusama is a fascinating Japanese contemporary artist. At the age of 91, she continues to create and exhibit her work worldwide. Throughout the years, she has experimented with her avant-garde style in many mediums in the world of art, writing, and fashion. Some of her work, especially her performing art, has pushed boundaries. Author Sarah Suzuki has written a fascinating picture book biography that describes Yayoi Kusama’s life and work without including details that would be difficult for young readers to grasp. Suzuki is a Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Ellen Weinstein’s accompanying illustrations are playful and colorful.

Yayoi Kusama recently wrote a poem about Covid-19.

Though it glistens just out of reach, I continue to pray for hope to shine through
Its glimmer lighting our way
This long awaited great cosmic glow
Now that we find ourselves on the dark side of the world
The gods will be there to strengthen the hope we have spread throughout the universe
For those left behind, each person’s story and that of their loved ones
It is time to seek a hymn of love for our souls
In the midst of this historic menace, a brief burst of light points to the future
Let us joyfully sing this song of a splendid future
Let’s go
Embraced in deep love and the efforts of people all over the world
Now is the time to overcome, to bring peace
We gathered for love and I hope to fulfil that desire
The time has come to fight and overcome our unhappiness
To COVID-19 that stands in our way
I say Disappear from this earth
We shall fight
We shall fight this terrible monster
Now is the time for people all over the world to stand up
My deep gratitude goes to all those who are already fighting.

Revolutionist of the world by the Art From Yayoi Kusama

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