Research Point: Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room (1998)

Yayoi Kusama (born 1929) produced her first Infinity Mirror Room, Phalli’s Field, back in 1965 when she had the idea to use mirrors to transform her paintings and drawings into three-dimensional, perceptive and immersive ‘rooms’.

From: (Accessed 9/08/2017)
From: Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors | Arts | NPR.

This short video is a presentation of six of her Infinity Mirror Rooms, as part of a retrospective of her 65-year career, on exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., Feb. 23–May 14, 2017.
Since 1965 she has created more than twenty different Infinity Mirror Rooms, all of them sharing the same basic criteria as identified by Creative Arts Today (pages 199-200).
The Rooms can be described as:

ART: all of them are installation works and perceptive experiences

TEMPORARY: they are shown in temporary site-specific exhibitions

LARGE SCALE: they constitute whole ‘environments’

TRANSFORMING: they transform the perception of spaces

IMMERSIVE: they create immersive, emotional rooms which visitors can touch and explore

PATTERN and COLOUR and REPETITION: they all make an obsessive use of repeated coloured patterns that completely permeate spaces and surfaces.

To understand the artistic background and inspiration of this artist it may be very useful to listen and look at some interviews with her. Here are a couple of links:


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