Yayoi Kusama | Japan b.1929 | Soul under the moon 2002 | Mirrors, ultra violet lights, water, plastic, nylon thread, timber, synthetic polymer paint | 340 x 712.1 x 600cm (installed) | The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. Purchased 2002 with funds from Michael Sidney Myer and The Myer Foundation, a project of the Sidney Myer Centenary Celebration 1899-1999, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation and The Yayoi Kusama Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Appeal | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
Soul under the moon 2002
Yayoi Kusama is one of the most significant contemporary artists to emerge from Japan. Suffering from 'rijinsho', or depersonalisation syndrome, Kusama's art triggers visual experiences that metaphorically communicate the hallucinations, or veil of dots, she has endured since she was a child. This vibrant iconography, often transposed as nets or auras, dominates her practice.
Soul under the moon 2002 was specifically conceived for 'APT 2002: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art', and continues her series of 'Mirror/Infinity' rooms, produced since 1963.
In this complex installation, a purpose-built room lined with mirrored glass contains scores of neon coloured balls, hanging at various heights above the viewer. Standing inside on a small platform, light is infinitely refracted off the mirrored surfaces to create the illusion of a never-ending space.
Yayoi Kusama: Look Now, See Forever
‘Look Now, See Forever’, a major solo exhibition by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the Gallery of Modern Art (18 November 2011 – 11 March 2012) features new and recent work and builds on the Queensland Art Gallery's long-term engagement with the artist.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Gallery has developed an online catalogue, which contextualises Kusama's new works within her extraordinary practice as it has evolved over six decades. It features expanded commentary on the works in the exhibition, newly commissioned scholarship on aspects of the artist’s practice, and an in-depth timeline of her life and work. Taking advantage of the dynamic character of online publishing, special features include updates throughout the course of the exhibition, and timelapse documentation tracking the evolution of The Obliteration Room.