Sometimes we have experiences that aren’t defined in the moment. It may be either something happens to you or you seek it out and it’s not until later that you have your Aha. Yesterday was a series of those moments for me. Despite not being initially excited- but wanting to see what the hype was about, I accepted my SuperFriend’s invitation to view the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibition. I’m so glad I had this experience, but right now I don’t know why. However, I do know that something has shifted.
The most stirring room, for me, was The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away.
It was such a conflict because as the spectator, you want to immerse yourself in this darkness and flashing lights. But, as a photographer I felt compelled to find a way to translate the experience.
I think one of the things that makes Yayoi Kusama so successful is her ability to translate. She created works that were not only to be viewed but physically experienced as well. So often we use mirrors as a way to address the surface and this exhibition multiplies that experience inward.