As a child, Yayoi Kusama had elaborate dreams and visions in which she saw the world covered in polka dots. Over the course of her 60-year career she has covered her paintings, drawings, and sculptures with a repeated, almost obsessive, layer of dots, nets, squiggles, and stickers that playfully challenge traditional ideas about composition. The UNIQLO at MoMA collaboration transforms Kusama's canvases into artful apparel available to all. This piece is part of MoMA's Special Edition product collection and features art work from MoMA's permanent collection.
Yayoi Kusama's prolific oeuvre ranges from large paintings and sculptures, to performance pieces and political demonstrations. Since childhood, Kusama has been creating works using polka dots and nets as motifs in a variety of media. During the 1950s and 1960s she played a major role in New York's avant-garde art scene, participating in many happenings, including an unannounced performance in the Sculpture Garden of The Museum of Modern Art in 1969. Kusama returned to Japan where she lives and works today, creating some of the most recognizable work of our time.