Yayoi Kasuma

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Yayoi Kasuma – Print – Offset lithograph, signed, numbered and dated.

Yayoi Kasuma is a Japanese artist, born in Matsumoto City, Japan in 1929. Through her life time, she had connections with Surrealism, Minimalism, Pop Art, Eccentric Abstraction, the Zero and Nul movements, resisting singular class. In other words, she likes to have a go at anything. This is reflected in the variety of work she has produced, which included painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, performance, film, printmaking, installation and environmental art as well as literature, fashion (most notably in her 2012 collaboration with Louis Vuitton) and product design. Kasuma studied painting in Kyoto before moving to New York in the late 1950s, and by the mid-1960s had become well known in the avant-garde world for her provocative happenings and exhibitions. What makes her work unique is the intricate pattern of paint covering the whole surface of her infinity net canvases, with negative spaces between the individual loops, covering the entire surface with pattern, appearing like polka dots. Interestingly, her inspiration actually comes from the way she perceives the world with her own eyes, including hallucinations she uses to see when she was a child, making the world appear to her to be covered in growing forms.


I personally found her work very vivid, abstract and beautiful. Her prints are inspirational, including the print above, showing me ways of achieving 3D looking designs, through the scale and positions of simple forms. In this case, by steadily decreasing the size of the circle, I create a kind of wave effect of shapes. I would certainly consider doing a vivid wallpaper series within my swatch book, of vibrant 3D appearing patterns, for those decorators that want their interior to be bold and full of colour. I intend to create a mood board consisting of Yayoi Kasuma’s work, to help with ideas for pattern design. Her work does link strong to the pattern element of my Final Major Project, however, there is an apparent connection with nature, with some of her work showing more organic form and properties.

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