To see infinity in a room…

Perez Art Museum, Miami

I too, am surprised I’m posting this photo of myself, not too well put together(!), but the mood was to try to wander the museum as quietly as possible, taking a mostly silent, somewhat invisible day. 🙂

Kusama‘s works are not hard to encounter these days if one lives in a city. Here, they are in the fashion district as well, lining shop windows and providing bright focal points amidst the ordinary scheme of things. I can’t be sad about that! After all, the first time I encountered her outrageous dots they were situated about Fairchild Gardens in the sunshine and rain.

For PAMM, hers is art that rises to the level of the building space itself–a host which often outshines its guests.

Two minutes in this Infinity Room titled Love is Calling, made what will be a lasting impression in my consciousness, but this may not have been so had I not taken time to contemplate the poem read aloud through as well, Residing in a Castle of Shed Tears.

Even the title was enough to re-frame my first impression. Look at the photo again and see if it does yours, too.


2 responses to “To see infinity in a room…”

  1. Residing in a Castle of Shed Tears, what a beautiful title! There has been a Kusawa’s exhibit in Montreal, but I missed it…Lovely photo of you looking for infinity in a room: you are so young for such a wise soul. Thank you for sharing this “mostly silent, somewhat invisible day”. You are such a good writer!


    • Hello friend 🙂 Thank you for such a sweet note.

      I found the poem in English on another blog. This is what she was reading in Japanese while a small group at a time made their way around the room:

      Residing in a Castle of Shed Tears

      When the time comes around for people to encounter the end of their life
      having put on years, death seems to be quietly approaching
      It was not supposed to be my style to be frightened of that, but I am
      In the shadows of my loved ones footprints, distress revisits me at the dead of night refreshing my memories
      Being in love with and longing for you, I have locked myself up in this “castle of shed tears”
      Now may be the time for me to wander off into the place, the guidepost to the other world points to
      And the sky is waiting for me, attended by numerous clouds
      Overwhelmed by your tenderness that has always encouraged me
      I have been searching for “love” in earnest taking my wish for happiness along
      Let me call out to and ask the birds flying about in the sky
      I want to convey to them my feelings
      Over many long years, with art as a weapon
      I have treaded the path in search of love
      During the days I have lived through keeping “despair”, “emptiness” and “loneliness” all to myself along the way
      there were times when the fireworks of life “splendidly” adorned the sky
      Dancing in the night sky in a myriad of colors, the fireworks sprinkled dust all over my body
      I will never forget that exhilarating moment
      Now I think is the time to dedicate my heart to you, my dearest
      Was the beauty of the end of one’s life nothing more than illusion?
      Would you give me an answer to this?
      Devoting all my heart to you, I have lived through to this day
      Hoping to leave beautiful footprints at the end of my life
      I spend each day praying that my wish will be fulfilled
      This is my message of love to you

      Yayoi Kusama


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