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February 5, 2019

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Japanese Artist's Work Inspires MRH ECC Students

Amazing work is being done by Kari Shepker-Mueller's art students at the MRH Early Childhood Center.

This is a collaborative work completed by K-2 students in the style of the artist Yayoi Kusama. Avant-garde Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama was an influential figure in the postwar New York art scene, staging happenings and exhibiting works such as her “Infinity Nets,” hallucinatory paintings of loops and dots (and physical representations of the idea of infinity). Narcissus Garden, an installation of hundreds of mirrored balls, earned Kusama notoriety in 1966 when she attempted to sell the individual spheres to passersby.

Kusama is often considered an influence on Andy Warhol and a precursor to Pop art. Since her return to Japan in the 1970s, Kusama's work has continued to appeal to the imagination and the senses, including dizzying walk-in installations, public sculptures, and the "Dots Obsessions" paintings.

Clearly, she resonates with these ECC artists!

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.