Since we may not be able to get to Washington, D.C’s Hirshhorn Museum to see Yayoi Kusama’s six Infinity Room installations in person, we were happy that NPR made a short video of them, to give us a glimpse of infinity. (Video link here.)
Kusama, who lived for over forty years in a mental hospital making art daily, has called her work “art-medicine”, a way of managing the anxiety and fear she feels by losing herself in the work, that is, “self-obliteration”.
According to the Hirshhorn:
For Kusama, obliteration is a reflection on the experience of death and the potential of the afterlife… The room makes ‘you feel as if you’re a speck in amongst something greater’.
via The Kid’s Should See This via NPR; gif by Maia Stern/NPR