Plagued by severe hallucinations for most of her life, Kusama's infamous visual language of vibrant patterns, nets and polka dots, is infused with autobiographical content. Her unrelenting exploration of repetition and patterns of psychedelic colours is driven by her thematic interest in the concepts of infinity and exemplified in the intricately proliferating dots that spread across the surface of the present painting. One of the earliest and most commonly used motifs, the pumpkin first appeared in the artist's work of the 1940's and has taken shape in her paintings, sculptures and installations ever since, continuing to manifest Kusama's central concerns and artistic ambitions. The stark contrast of the commonly used yellow and black colour theme further enhances the repetitive aspect of the dots to create an enthralling visual allusion. Challenging the concepts of infinity, Kusama creates imaginative visual environments and experiences, repeatedly stimulating the viewer's senses. The plump organic shape of this unusual depiction, which seems to be elegantly hovering within a vast, uncharted universe, exemplifies the artist's humorous and playful interest in the uncanny qualities of her natural surroundings.
A precursor of the feminist, minimalist and pop art movements in America, Kusama took on a leading role in the New York art scene of the 1950s and 60s, seeking to push the boundaries of abstract painting. The hypnotic effects of her celebrated net paintings resembled the optical experimentations of Op artists such as Bridget Riley, whilst her serial repetition instilled a surreal and somewhat 'obsessive' quality into her paintings. Pumpkin is a magnificent example of the artist’s unceasing ability to combine these unique visual features to create innovative paradigms of artistic expression. Overall, the ferocity of Kusama’s prodigious creativity and artistic explorations continues to fascinate viewer’s world-wide, her works exuding a vibrant radiance.
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