Quotes by: Yayoi Kusama

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Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama signing her art installation (2012)
Born Yayoi Kusama
(1929-03-22) 22 March 1929 (age 87)
Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Known for Painting, drawing, sculpture, installation art, performance art, film, fiction, fashion, writing
Movement Pop art, minimalism, feminist art, environmental art
Awards Praemium Imperiale
Website http://www.yayoi-kusama.jp

Georgia O'Keeffe proposed that I live with her. She was in New Mexico then, and I wanted to be in New York.
Yayoi Kusama
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.
Yayoi Kusama
Since my childhood, I have always made works with polka dots. Earth, moon, sun and human beings all represent dots; a single particle among billions.
Yayoi Kusama
Suppose I put polka dots all over my body and then cover my background completely with polka dots. The polka dots on my body, merging with those in the background, create an optically strange scene.
Yayoi Kusama
In my home country, there was a little shop with old books, but it was really in the countryside. You couldn't find English books. I found this very avant-garde American art book that had information about Georgia O'Keeffe. I was very much impressed by her.
Yayoi Kusama
My mother was against me being an artist. She just wanted me to marry a rich man.
Yayoi Kusama
My art originates from hallucinations only I can see. I translate the hallucinations and obsessional images that plague me into sculptures and paintings.
Yayoi Kusama
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.
Yayoi Kusama
If there's a cat, I obliterate it by putting polka dot stickers on it. I obliterate a horse by putting polka dot stickers on it. And I obliterated myself by putting the same polka dot stickers on myself.
Yayoi Kusama
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.
Yayoi Kusama
I have done all the work myself, not assistants. That's why I'm in a wheelchair: I've been doing it physically - it's hard labour - throughout my life.
Yayoi Kusama
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.'
Yayoi Kusama
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.
Yayoi Kusama
I hope royalty continues forever. This is the thing that can contribute to peace throughout the world.
Yayoi Kusama
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.
Yayoi Kusama
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.
Yayoi Kusama
Certainly, I devote my energy to both telling my personal life story and seeking self- obliteration. However, I will not destroy myself through art.
Yayoi Kusama
I want to create a thousand paintings, maybe two thousand paintings, as many as I can draw.
Yayoi Kusama
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