Flower obsession

Flower obsession (2017) is an installation by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, where she invites guests to cover an entire home interior with faux flowers daises.  The installation taps into her early childhood memories where her world turned into florals.

One day, after gazing at a pattern of red flowers on the tablecloth, I looked up to see that the ceiling, the windows, and the columns seemed to be plastered with the same red floral pattern. I saw the entire room, my entire body, and the entire universe covered with red flowers, and in that instant my soul was obliterated … This was not an illusion but reality itself.

I find this installation mesmerizing and purely astonishing.  Amazing seeing how we can turn something as boring as a grey plain interior into something so magical with nothing but stickers.  And thinking about every visitor placing their blossom meticulously onto their favorite spot creates a world within the art.  The installation is filled with the life of the guests.  Reality turned into a fairytale that is yet pure realism.  


Exhibition images of Yayoi Kusama’s Flower Obsession 2017 on display in NGV Triennial at NGV International 2017.

Photos: Eugene Hyland