YAYOI KUSAMA "NARCISSUS GARDEN"
August 14, 2018
Written by: Jason Urso
Photographed by: Visualhouse New York
“My art originates from hallucinations only I can see. I translate the hallucinations and obsessional images that plague me into sculptures and paintings. All my works in pastels are the products of obsessional neurosis and are therefore inextricably connected to my disease. I create pieces even when I don’t see hallucinations, though.” - Yayoi Kusama
Narcissus Garden was first seen in 1966 at the Venice Biennale where she was offering to sell each sphere for about $2 to passing visitors. This was seen as self-promotion and a critique, but would later be seen as a pivotal moment in Kusama’s career as she developed from installation toward the radical, politically charged public performances that would be the focus of her work in the late 1960s in New York City. Since then, her work has been installed around the world from Brazil to Central Park.
The installation is comprised of 1,500 mirrored stainless steel spheres and intended to echo and alter its surroundings. The spheres are placed sporadically throughout Fort Tilden, a former Army base in Queens, New York.