Although Yayoi Kusama is already a venerable old woman of more than 90 years and also despite the fact that she has been living in voluntary seclusion for decades in a psychiatric hospital in the city of Tokyo, his art is dispersed throughout the world and is as current and valid as few artistic productions of our days. A good example is these huge flowers created for the Bronx Botanic Garden in New York.
Yayoi Kusama Flowers
The links between Kusama and the world of gardening go back a long way. In fact, she was born in 1929 into a family whose occupation was the seed trade. And since her childhood she was in contact with the nurseries, the gardens and the fields. Something that she has never abandoned him and that she has always been present in her works. There is more to see her famous references to pumpkins, that although she always has that unmistakable tone of psychedelia, she is still an image perfectly identifiable with the world of orchards.
Nature has always been a source of inspiration for Yayoi Kusama, and plant shapes, both fruits and plants and flowers, are perfectly based on her very personal aesthetic where shapes organic colors are as inherent to his work as strong and unnatural colors.
In these gigantic flowers it is something evident. The tones of the leaves, stems, petals and pistils areImpossible, without a doubt, and there is no lack of patterns based on dots in shades of pure colors and perfect and regular circles. But at the same time there is no doubt that he is growing huge roses and tulips in the flower bed. Artistic gardening after all. A work that must always be related to the idealized vision of nature that the artist contemplated as a child.
In this case we see them integrated into a garden setting and on a colossal scale compared to the original size of the plants, but Kusama has represented flowers in all possible ways. She has painted them, she has recorded them, she has included them in happenings and performances, she uses them as a decorative element and they are very present in her usual video projections that she usually has in her exhibitions. She herself has titled some of her work with a significant Flower Obsession. And it is that the unique and unclassifiable style of this tireless creator and with persistent mental disorders has been called by the world critics and by herself as Obsessional Art, and without a doubt settled among her obsessions is the beauty of flowers.