One of the best known artist’s leading the way in infinity mirror installations is none other than Yayoi Kusama. Kusama was born in Matsumoto, Japan where she studied at the Kyoto School of Arts and Crafts. There, she specialized in painting in a traditional Japanese style known as nihonga. During the 1960’s, Kusama created her Mirror/Infinity room series. Since then, her work has exploded into the art world, with thousands gathering to experience her Infinity Mirror Rooms.
Early installations sat within a single space, covered from floor to ceiling with mirrors, flickering lights and water. Kusama uses her work as a way to escape her own intrusive thoughts by sharing them with the rest of the world. In 1977, Kusama admitted herself to the Seiwa Hospital for the mentally ill ( where she continues to live today). She uses her art as an intimate way to express herself and escape her illness. She works to create experiences that bring forth feelings of calm and quiet, allowing others to sympathies with her troubled life.