Yayoi Kusama’s obliteration room once looked like this


We can’t believe our interactive installation once was pristine white when it opened in October 2017. The obliteration room 2002 to present is transformed over time as dots accumulate in the space, so enter the world of leading contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama before it closes on Sunday 4 February, add your colourful dot stickers to a range of white furniture and surfaces and help ‘obliterate’ our domestic space.

Why dots? When Kusama was young, she started seeing the world through a screen of dots, they covered everything she saw – even her own body. In her artwork, Kusama uses dots, she calls this process ‘obliteration’ – the complete destruction of every trace of something.

Yayoi Kusama, Japan b.1929 / The obliteration room 2002 to present (Installation view GOMA 2017-18) / Furniture, white paint, dot stickers / Collaboration between Yayoi Kusama and Queensland Art Gallery. Commissioned Queensland Art Gallery, Australia. Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2012 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © Yayoi Kusama. Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc / Photographs: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA

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