I might not know much about Louis Vuitton, but I do know I am infatuated with dots, spots and anything pertaining to glitter (in makeup), sequins (in moderation) and whimsy. You can find whimsy anywhere, you just need to know what you’re looking for. Marc Jacobs saw that whimsy and flight of fancy in Japanese-born artist Yayoi Kusama. Yayoi experienced hallucinations as a child, these hallucinations gave way to her creativity and something to focus her energy upon.
Here’s a quote from Yayoi in regards to the symbology behind polka dots:
“A polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colourful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots can’t stay alone; like the communicative life of people, two or three polka-dots become movement… Polka-dots are a way to infinity.”
While Yayoi’s artistry, for me, does not create images of grandeur, similar to what we’ve seen in our art history books – I’m referring to pointillism here. I do, however, appreciate her point of view and the ways in which she colours her world (and to some extent ours) with polka dots.
Last week Scott broke down and coloured my world with a few spots and dots. A statement piece with a lot of heart and flight of fancy.
I am extremely proud to call this bag my own and to have learned a bit about Yayoi in the process.