Dots, dots and more dots. It’s one of the first things that come to mind when anyone says Yayoi Kusama. Her artwork, which is usually filled with dazzling colours, shapes and dots, have made her one of the most recognisable artists of our time. We explore some of her most famous works as we celebrate design and art this month at Marie Claire. From her Infinity Room to sculptures, this is the beautiful – and sometimes scary – world of Yayoi Kusama.

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A large room filled with one of her lifelong obsessions – and inspiration to many works of art – pumpkins; complete with polka dots. Pictured is one of her works titled ‘All the Love I Have For Pumpkins’ in Washington DC. Getty Images.

 

 

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Yayoi is also an accomplished sculptor, and many are found in outside spaces. Here she is photographed alongside one of her works at the National Art Center in Tokyo. Getty Images

 

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Yayoi has become well known for creating spectacular spaces filled with light and mirrors to create an illusion of infinite depth. Pictured is an exhibit titled ‘The Spirits of Pumpkins Descended Into the Heavens, in Singapore. Getty Images.

 

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Although she is most famous for her work featuring polka dots, Yayoi has also created many sculptures with phallic shapes. This comes from her fascinating relationship with sex. Pictured is a piece titled ‘Accumulations’ in Washington DC. Getty Images.

 

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Yayoi pictured with one of her paintings, titled ‘I Who Have Arrived In Heaven’ in New York. Getty Images.

 

Her life is perhaps even more intriguing than her art. Filled with trauma, heartbreak and struggles against the patriarchy, she has suffered most of her life with crippling mental health issues. Yet despite all of this, she is an art, style and fashion icon of the 20th and 21st centuries. We go beyond her art in the latest issue of Marie Claire but take a look at her extraordinary life story. Grab your copy: on shelves now.