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Yayoi Kusama - 'Flower Obsession'

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Eugene Hyland

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Compulsive Contents

Photo:

Eugene Hyland
April 30, 2018

At the National Gallery of Victoria Triennial, Yayoi Kusama transformed a room into a beautiful, yet near post-apocalyptic, scene. Her installation is an immersive work that is staggering in its beauty and ability to allow the audience a chance to make the piece live in real-time.

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The Obliteration Room sees her invite the attendees to stick faux-flora around the place, 'obliterating' the room in the process. The melange between beauty and destruction, of colour and no-colour has formed an eye-catching piece at the recent event.


The work stems from a childhood memory whereby a table-cloth with a floral pattern seemed to transpose onto all surfaces around her. It was not a vision, she states that it was her reality, “I saw the entire room, my entire body, and the entire universe covered with red flowers, and in that instant my soul was obliterated … This was not an illusion but reality itself.” This piece is her way, at the age of 89, of relinquishing a powerful memory from childhood and bringing it into actualisation.

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