Japan’s contemporary art provocateur Yayoi Kusama has created a polka-dotted trip down the rabbit hole for a lavishly illustrated new edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Yayoi Kusama, who describes herself on the book’s first page as “a modern day Alice in Wonderland”, is a living treasure. Since childhood, Kusama has had a rare condition that makes her sees the world through a veil of colourful dots. These repetitive, hallucinogenic visions have formed the basis for some of the most iconic contemporary art of the past 50 years.
Now the Priestess of Polka Dots, as she is known, has interpreted Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland with her inimitable style. For this cloth-bound, hardcover edition, published by Penguin UK, Kusama’s illustrations form a striking counterpart to Carroll’s story. Her investigation into Carroll’s richly imaginative exploration of perception and reality flourishes on the page with her signature use of vivid colour and detail. This book feeds our adult selves with the kind of childlike wonder we never want to lose.
Check out the book here.
You can buy the book at Book Depository.
A major retrospective of Kusama’s career is running at the Tate Modern in London until June.