Yayoi Kusama is among the many artists whose schedule has been affected by the coronavirus—some of her shows, including one planned at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington have been postponed as a result. But the artist, known for her dots-obsession, pumpkin series and her mirrored infinity rooms (and the selfies of countless art people being taken on site) shared a positive message via Gallery Victoria Miro yesterday.
The Japanese artist’s statement acknowledges that “we find ourselves on the dark side of the world,” but assures readers that “we shall fight this terrible monster,” referring to Covid-19. “Now is the time for people all over the world to stand up,” she writes, “My deep gratitude goes to all those who are already fighting.”
The full message reads as following:
Today, with the world facing COVID-19, I feel the necessity to address it with this message.
A Message From Yayoi Kusama to the Whole World
Though it glistens just out of reach, I continue to pray for hope to shine through. Its glimmer lighting our way. This long awaited great cosmic glow. Now that we find ourselves on the dark side of the world. The gods will be there to strengthen the hope we have spread throughout the universe.
For those left behind, each person’s story and that of their loved ones. It is time to seek a hymn of love for our souls. In the midst of this historic menace, a brief burst of light points to the future. Let us joyfully sing this song of a splendid future. Let’s go.
Embraced in deep love and the efforts of people all over the world. Now is the time to overcome, to bring peace. We gathered for love and I hope to fulfil that desire.The time has come to fight and overcome our unhappiness.
To COVID-19 that stands in our way I say Disappear from this earth We shall fight We shall fight this terrible monster.
Now is the time for people all over the world to stand up My deep gratitude goes to all those who are already fighting.
Revolutionist of the world by the Art From Yayoi Kusama.
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