Yayoi Kusama, an internationally renowned avant-garde artist, is a pivotal figure in the global art scene, where she magically transforms her visions of polka dots into astonishing artworks. Kusama's 'self-obliteration' visual experience began at a young age-a unique feeling which she describes as being surrounded by endless little dots and patterns. She in turn morphs these visual experiences into art forms, portraying a world wherein she faces her anxiety and confronts her fears head on by completely integrating herself in her works.
To Kusama, the expansive vastness of the universe exudes a sense of mystery and the glimmering array of star bursts that twinkle across the universe deeply mesmerises her. She draws on these out-of-the-world celestial bodies as a source of inspiration for her art and literary works. The spacious, studded skies depicted on the canvas are a medium through which Kusama wishes to engage in artistic discourse. In Nebula, Kusama transforms the stars, the moon, and the sun into what seems to be a trillion of dots. This is her way of conveying her longing for 'eternal love' through the infiniteness of the universe. Life is the source of creation, as with dots are the cornerstone from where sketched lines and planes arise. The expressive polka dots and infinite net patterns composed in Nebula exhibit a strong sense of life. Like Paul Klee's special appreciation of beauty towards the changes in colours and visual compositions using interlacing colour blocks, dots and lines, Kusama composes pointillism art revealing the mysterious, unpredictable universe.
Both Yayoi Kusama's Nebula and Georgia Totto O'Keeffe's Above the Clouds coincidentally use geometrical shapes and rigorous composition to depict how minute humans are humbled by the limitless cosmos and boundless universe. They also echo Mohism's awe and humility towards Mother Nature. Kusama once mentioned that the works of O'Keeffe had led her to pursue her dreams of working the arts in the United States. Both these outstanding female artists have created magnificent art works with their artistic talents that originate from within and reflect their notion of life. The infinity of the universe has always inspired Kusama. In Nebula, the distinctive lines extend the abstract contours and blasts of bright colour that constitute the artist's eclectic world of imagination.