Yayoi Kusama Worksheet

1st Room: Love Forever

  1. What techniques is Kusama using to unifying her canvases?

Black and white shapes and lines and dots

  1. Describe her use of space?

She fills it up almost completely

  1. What emotional responses do you have when standing in front of her paintings? Can you observe anything about the relationship of the size of the paintings to your own body?

It feels Creepy, looks almost obsessive, intense. It is slightly smaller than the length of my body but the width of the painting almost wraps around my head in an overwhelming manner.

  1. What do the marks and forms in these black and white paintings remind you of?

Eyes / scribblings / eyes / cells / anatomy / plants

2nd Room: Tulip Room Walk into the Tulip Room

  1. How does your emotional response change going from Love Forever to the Tulip Room?

dull to bright / instantaneous lift in spirits / light

  1. Does the Tulip Room evoke any memories? What are the sculptural forms telling you?

alice in wonderland (proportion) / psychedelic and light / like in a dream / they are dynamic and interacting with each other, appear to be vigorous and growing in the room

3rd Room: My Eternal Soul: Walk into the room My Eternal Soul

  1. Compare the use of color to the Black and White painting in Forever Love. How does the color effect you differently? How do you feel?

Expresses more positive emotions / quirky instead of creepy / gives more life

  1. What techniques does Kusama use to unity the color canvases?

dots / bright solid colors / flat canvas / patterns / textures

  1. Compare the rt & left walls. What are the difference in the emotions evoked by these different walls?

Dark and menacing (black sharp) vs psychedelic and faded (no black)

4th Room: Narcissus Garden

  1. What differences do you see between experiencing the Narcissus Garden on its own and knowing/imagining Kusama’s actions during the Venice Biennale where she wore the kimono and sold the balls. Please read the wall information about the performance.

The narcissus garden seems more like a reflection of self instead of what she tried to convey about the buying and selling of art.

Room 5: Early Works

  1. What painting techniques is Kusama using in the 1st five small paintings? What types of marks are used?

Stifling / dots / ink on paper

Infinity Nets:

  1. What is meant by the term “Repetitive All-over Approach”?

surfaces are always covered in arrays of dots or nets and are hallucinations

  1. Compare your emotional responses of the white Infinity Net paintings to the color Infinity net paintings on the opposite walls. What happens when you stare at these paintings?

colored ones are more intense / feels more tiring to look at / poisonous looking / light ones bring attention to the craft

  1. Describe 1 or 2 of the infinity Net paintings

Subject-content-materials and techniques


instead of painting dots in positive space, she paints the negative space instead. the transparency of the paint gives the work a depth that is unlike her other paintings. instead of obliteration she now seems to be highlighting the differences in the already similar infinite space. the choice of color seems to follow her style of loud and bright colors and the dots still are painted with an obsessive repetition but appears less intense as compared to the black dots seen before. the endless dots does convey a sense of infinity

Death of a Nerve:

  1. How does the title effect your understanding and response to the piece?

It helps me to associate the ropes to nerves, the death and limpness of a dead idea / draped up in a sickly way like meat


  1. Kusama’s pumpkins represent “comfort and security” for her. (Please read the wall information) Talk about an object that would serve as a meaningful representation of a part of your past or signifies your family history. What is the object and why?


reminds of a childhood past time on Sundays to the beach


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