Illustrated by Yayoi Kusama, who has said “I, Kusama, am the modern Alice in Wonderland.”
Published by Penguin Classics, Feb 2012. First edition hardback.
Kusama has suffered from hallucinations that fill her vision with spots since she was a child- possibly as a reflection of her abusive mother’s spotted kimono. The illustrations in the book are full of spots and dashes and repetitions my favourite is the mass of doodled eyes covering a page illustrating the trial.
Kusama has also lived with mental illness her whole life; she eventually checked herself into the Seiwa Hospital for the Mentally Ill in 1973 and resides there permanently.
I presume this has been released to coincide with her exhibition at the Tate Modern