Here’s a cool story for you this Thursday.

Ever heard of Yayoi Kusama? Kusama is a Japanese artist known for her “Infinity Rooms” which involve mirrored walls to make the space feel totally endless.

Currently, a few of Kusama’s Infinity Rooms are on display at the Hirshhorn museum in Washington, D.C. – the show will be travelling to Seattle, Los Angeles among other cities, as well.

While Yayoi Kusama’s art is super cool, what’s really amazing is the story behind her art. Kusama was raised in WWII era in central Japan. In an autobiography, Infinity Net, Kusama describes suffering from hallucinations from a young age – a field of violets morphing to depict human faces and voices in the flowers.

 

Obliteration Room, by Yayoi Kusama

Obliteration Room, by Yayoi Kusama via Helsinki Art Museum

To ease her own fear, Kusama drew her hallucinations in a sketchbook she carried with her at all times.

Her parents, believing her art was not respectable (especially for a woman), disposed of her art supplies. But instead of accepting her parent’s decision, she moved to New York to be a part of the 60’s art scene where should found great success and became known as the ‘Polka Dot Priestess’.

Regardless of her success in New York Kusama continued to hallucinate and suffered from severe panic attacks. In the early 1970’s Kusama made the decision to commit herself to psychiatric institution in Japan and has remained there by choice since – more than 40 years.

Yayoi Kusama has continued to create art in the facility where she lives and has created new infinity rooms which are on display in the current show, both decorated with polka dots.

Yayoi Kusama signing an exhibit.

Yayoi Kusama signing an exhibit. Photo by Vagner Carvalheiro

Pretty interesting, if you ask us.

What is very cool about Kusama’s work is that it takes us into her mind, the things she sees, and how she perceives the world – completely unlike anyone else. And it has not stopped her from sharing, or creating.

In a very diverse world, where anyone can pursue anything they have a passion for, Kusama’s work reminds us to be more inclusive in our own work.

We need to remember inclusive design. For people with dyslexia, kerning, and colour matter greatly.

As well, for people with reading obstacles it is important to:

  • Use short sentences
  • Avoid italics
  • Only use one space after a period 

 

Creating websites that are designed for accessibility is important to us – which also includes designing for mobile.

We also like designing websites and graphics that very visually stunning!

Get in touch with Y5 today, if you love the same things we do: great web design, beautiful graphic design, and telling interesting stories! Call us at 778-379-2177 and learn how we can help you with Teamplay!

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