In the first graphic novel of its kind, Elisa Macellari chronicles the remarkable life of Japanese cult artist Yayoi Kusama.
With bold graphic style and a nod to Kusama’s quintessential motifs, Macellari guides us through the artist’s intriguing biography, from rural Japan to 1960s New York and back again. Macellari highlights Kusama’s desire for freedom and beauty, while emphasising the crucial role art has played in her survival.
Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist and writer, whose work is often instantly recognisable in its use of psychedelic colours, repetition, and pattern. An important figure in the avant-garde, she has worked in a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, soft sculpture, performance art, film and environmental installations. Kusama is acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to have come out of Japan.
Elisa Macellari is a Thai-Italian illustrator based in Milan.