Yayoi Kusama Unveils Whimsical Large-Scale Installation in Hawaii
“Polka dots point the way to infinity.”
Legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has unveiled her first-ever Hawaiian exhibition, just in time for next spring’s Honolulu Biennial. Titled “Footprints of Life,” the 15-piece work is comprised of giant blob sculptures rendered with the artist’s iconic polka dot graphics. Previously exhibited at the 2011 Aichi Triennial and Taiwan’s 2011 Taoyan Land Art Festival, the installation can be translated as both islands and Kahuli tree snails, of which the latter is native only to Oahu and were once nearly driven to extinction. With Hawaii being such an ecologically-driven location, Kusama expressed her innate gravitation towards the area. Kusama, 89, told T magazine, “Hawaii is the place I have been admiring at a distance. I have never visited, but I think it dynamically stimulates my dreams, and I am eager to absorb Hawaii’s beauty fully into my mind.”
As a recurring theme throughout her works, the Tokyo-based artist is highly attuned to the delicate balance between mankind and the environment. Understanding the interdependence between the two, her commentary provides a deeper investigation into the concept of actions and reactions. Although on the surface, the polka dot motif is a simple shape, Kusama explains the meaning in reference to “Footprints of Life.” Personifying a range of themes that include mortality and connectivity, she explains, “Polka dots point the way to infinity. We cannot stop our existence, as we cannot escape our deaths.”
“Footprints of Life” will be on view from March 8 through May 13 at the Ward Village Shops, 1240 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawaii. You can find more information on the exhibition here.
- T Magazine