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When I was a kid my parents used to have one of those triptych bathroom mirrors with which you could create your private endless hall of mirrors. I think it was my first encounter with optical illusions and I must have spent hours losing my three-year old mind inside this green shimmering imaginary corridor.
Japanese superheroine artist Yayoi Kusama is obsessed with dots, spots, and reflections to infinity since she was ten years old. In 1939 she began to paint and cover everything around her with dots.
During the 1960s she stayed in New York were she created her most famous paintings, objects and happenings. Yayoi was pop-art personified but somehow she was even too far ahead for her own good. In the early 1970s she started her own fashion company and a semi-pornographic magazine. Without financial backing she soon had to close shop.
Broke and depressed she returned to Japan where she decided to go on living in a mental hospital. She kept on working and exhibiting and only a few weeks ago, one of her paintings was sold for over $ 5 million, which makes her the highest rated living female artist.
Some of her fascinating installations - like the above pictured - "The gleaming lights of souls" are completely mirrored rooms that are filled with constantly changing lights. Totally amazing!