Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Yayoi Kusama Clay Pinch Pot (Part 2)

This lesson and blog received so much feedback, I thought I would post the rest of the pieces of art. Each pumpkin has character! Check out what the Tate Gallery for kids said about Kusama.


Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist who is sometimes called ‘the princess of polka dots'. Although she makes lots of different types of art – paintings, sculptures, performances and installations – they have one thing in common, DOTS!


Yayoi Kusama tells the story of how when she was a little girl she had a hallucination that freaked her out. She was in a field of flowers when they all started talking to her! The heads of flowers were like dots that went on as far as she could see, and she felt as if she was disappearing or as she calls it ‘self-obliterating’ – into this field of endless dots. This weird experience influenced most of her later work.
By adding all-over marks and dots to her paintings, drawings, objects and clothes she feels as if she is making them (and herself) melt into, and become part of, the bigger universe. She said:
‘Our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos. Polka dots are a way to infinity. When we obliterate nature and our bodies with polka dots, we become part of the unity of our environment’.
So, we learned a good deal about Kusama and then created these clay pinch pot pumpkins. 
You can find the post to Yayoi Kusama Part 1 below:
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