In this workshop we experienced the beautiful and mesmerizing world of a Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. She has been called “the princess of polka dots “, since all her artistic production gets inspiration from her belief, to quote her, that ” our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos. Polka dots are a way to infinity. When we obliterate nature and our bodies with polka dots, we become part of our environment”.
We focused on her pumpkins in our work with the children, as they are a strong symbolic motif for Kusama. In fact, they trigger the memories of her youth during the years of World War Two. In those years Japan’s food supplies were severely rationed, the Kusama storehouse instead was always full just of pumpkins, that became the primary source of survival for her family.