Violet Obsession

Yayoi Kusama


Book, language: Japanese, publisher: Tokyo: Sakuhinsha.
Materials: ink, paper

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2027/810).

Literary synopsis *Violet Obsession* (*Sumire kyohaku*) describes the experiences of a young girl, persecuted by her mother, who discovers she can converse with flowers as agents of the universe. Kusama's protagonist expresses gratitude for the physiological suffering she experiences: ''There are ten billion bubbles inside my body. Which is precisely why I feel at one with the ten billion stars that twinkle in the heavens, and why I talk to the clouds made up of ten billion tiny drops of water, and why I hear the voice of the wind carrying ten billion atoms.''

Authorship: Artist Author.

Creative Strategy: No Link to Artworks.

Genre: Autobiography, Fantasy.

Publishing: Publishing House.

Theme: Childhood, Subjective Experience.

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