Yayoi Kusama Quotes

I, Kusama, am the modern Alice in Wonderland.

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I have a flood of ideas in my mind. I just follow my vision.

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Polka dots are fabulous.

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You should create a work that is so valuable it might eventually sell at a high price, but you’ve got to concentrate on how you create that artwork.

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When I was a child, I used to paint intently. The older I become, and the closer death approaches, the brighter my life gets day by day.

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I have been taking every step toward the future every day through making many paintings and sculptures with my deep emotion hidden in my life.

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While producing art works, illusions appear from time to time due to my mental illness. Every day is a struggle for me.

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I am putting every effort toward creating my works from morning till night on every single day.

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People ask about art and commercialism. I think that if someone tries to sell their work at a high price, that is the wrong way of doing it.

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I want to create a thousand paintings, maybe two thousand paintings, as many as I can draw.

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I have been using polka dots since I was a very young child. Only after that, it seems, have they been used throughout the rest of the art world.

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When I paint, some things come out, and I don’t know. Maybe it’s because I have such talent as a painter.

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I was in the U.S. about 15 years. Especially in New York. And then I came back to Japan.

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Painting bodies with the patterns of Kusama’s hallucinations obliterated their individual selves and returned them to the infinite universe.

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With just one polka dot, nothing can be achieved. In the universe, there is the sun, the moon, the earth, and hundreds of millions of stars. All of us live in the unfathomable mystery and infinitude of the universe. Pursuing ‘philosophy of the universe’ through art under such circumstances has led me to what I call ‘stereotypical repetition.’

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Forget yourself. Become one with eternity. Become part of your environment.

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My art originates from hallucinations only I can see. I translate the hallucinations and obsessional images that plague me into sculptures and paintings.

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I think I will be able to, in the end, rise above the clouds and climb the stairs to Heaven, and I will look down on my beautiful life.

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New York is the place that made my and other artists’ dreams come true by giving us a chance to realise our ideas and concepts. It was a great place for making a presentation of artistic creation.

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More and more, I think about the role of the arts, and as an artist, I think that it’s important that I share the love and peace.

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Certainly, I devote my energy to both telling my personal life story and seeking self- obliteration. However, I will not destroy myself through art.

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I believe that eyes are very important motifs. That’s something that can discern the peace and love.

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I never have a plan of what I am going to draw.

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Georgia O’Keeffe proposed that I live with her. She was in New Mexico then, and I wanted to be in New York.

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The country of Britain is wonderful because of its royalty.

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It doesn’t matter at all for me that I work in hospital or anywhere with limited space. Every day, I’m creating new works with all my might.

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I want to become more famous, even more famous.

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I would like to try harder to establish my thought and philosophy strongly and to go back to the universe with my love.

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Basically, my idea and explorations on fashion have not changed; however, I believe I’m going state-of-the-art on fashion.

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I love Damien Hirst. I respect his work a great deal, and I am happy that the polka dots I started using have become a symbol of love and peace around the world with everybody joining hands to use them in this way.

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