We’ve posted about Japanese artist Yoyoi Kusama a number of times in the past, so taken were we with her view of art as medicine;  losing herself in making art — “self-obliteration”— is her way of relieving illness.

We have been especially transfixed by her repetitive use of dots in her artwork. In “The Obliteration Room”, currently on view at the David Zwirner Gallery, she adorns an all-white room with colored dots of various sizes. On the most superficial level, it is a lesson in dots as decorative element.

As dots accrue, you can see the transformation of the white interior from pleasingly pretty to an unrecognizable, rather overwhelming, swarm of color…


Kusama’s installation is set in a traditional, prefabricated American suburban house, which deepens the lesson of possibility: even the most mundane of settings can be transformed with…

…something as simple as dots, artfully placed.

A spray of dots on a patch of wall and/or floor and ceiling, loosens the structure and angularity of a room, and makes us think of looking up at stars and constellations at night to see a bright, colorful sky…

If you want to try to create some of that in your own space, you’ll find a trove of dot stickers in various sizes and colors here.

via DesignBoom

If you’ve found illumination, joy, or inspiration in this post, please consider supporting Improvised Life. It only takes a minute to make a secure donation that helps pay our many costs. A little goes a long way towards helping Improvised Life continue to live ad-free in the world.

Support Improvised Life ♥

One thought on “Yayoi Kusama’s Fab Lessons in Dots

  1. Wow! Sort of the ultimate in dot!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *