Field Trip for the Imagination: Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Rooms

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It’s Blog Tuesday! Woot! And I’m tired of my Facebook Feed of Gloom and Anxiety. I like to think when you step into the Idea Emporium you are transported into a magical mall. We visited the Phoenix Art Museum not too long ago and the whole family loved the Infinity Rooms! They are pure magic and you are immersed into a magical world. This interesting artist creates with mirrors and sculptures whole new mind destinations. Ready to hug your imagination?

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Visit a Field of Pumpkins

A giant pumpkin is at the beginning of your museum tour created by the 88-year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. You can peer into the holes for a “whole” new different perspective. We saw this one in person.

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She also has a work that is a field of pumpkins. Trippy, eh? It’s sculpture and mirrors. Now that’s a Pumpkin Patch! Don’t see Snoopy anywhere. This exhibit is over at the Dallas Museum of Art.

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What is interesting about this artist who loves creating art installations she calls Infinity Rooms, is that 1/ her parents and family discouraged her path into art which caused her much anguish and solidified her path, and 2/ she suffers from mental illness and channels her anxiety and obsessions through her artwork. You can read more about her here.

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I found this pumpkin sculpture she did on the Internet and now all I want to do is make life-size pumpkins out of clay.

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The part we visited in the museum was the Firefly Room. A little scary at first when you walk in for those who don’t like the dark or small spaces, but then enchanting and deeply magical once you are inside.

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Yayoi Kusama’s You Who Are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies (2005)

She brings a fairytale to life about fireflies. You walk among a dark room and tall trees are simulated in the middle as if you are deep in the forest. Fireflies (small LED lights) light up the entire room as you walk the edges of it. It’s a tranquil yet magical experience.

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For Further Exploration I Found These Links of her Other Infinity Rooms:

An article on her mirror rooms in the Los Angeles Times

Trippy! Love Forever room

Check out these candy-colored dots!

A few of the rooms on Mimi’s Cute Lips Blog

“I wanted to show the cosmic image beyond where we live” video

Until next Blog Tuesday,

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Field trip to a Pumpkin Patch

Time for a Field Trip!

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I don’t know about you but I need some light, some fun, some Nature! I need…a pumpkin patch. And Reg has a delivery over there.

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Oh there are the Monster Twins from the Invention Room. We can follow them.

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Oh there’s Reg. He’s making the delivery for Mr. Scarecrow. Interesting twist, a scarecrow friends with a crow. Only in the Idea Emporium world.

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There’s a few pumpkin flowers. They come with pumpkins. How cool is that?

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Time to pick a pumpkin. Oh *&%$#, Oslo got there first. Oslo, I wanted that pumpkin!

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Time for some Blue Pumpkin Pie over in the Idea Emporium Bakery. It’s today’s special, by the way.

Until next time,

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Blog Tuesday: A Field Trip to Paxton Gate and a Little Bjork

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This week is all about the creation of chapter five, the Invention Room.

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Prepare: the music for the chapter to prepare for inventing is anything by Bjork, but I’ve been listening to Army of Me and I Miss You and Pagan Poetry.

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It’s time for a Field Trip to a really cool store my elf partner and I found in San Francisco, Paxton Gate. That trip was so synchronistic as everything I found seemed to feed the making of this book. Let’s virtual visit for a bit of Creative Inspiration.

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There were lots of cool things under glass.  Reminded me of Zero in Nightmare Before Christmas. I wonder if they come alive at night when the store is closed.

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And flasks ready for experiments

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And containers filled to the top with shells and other discoveries from the Sea

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And tiny skulls of creatures passed

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“and butterflies that left their wings behind to move on to bigger adventures”

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And plants growing in rocks because…they can

Discover & Play: 

Today I played with leaf brushes onto my photos made for Photoshop. They have a bunch to play with over here in Creative Market (and on Mondays you can get free downloads! Oh my goodness, how cool is that?)

Check back this week on my Instagram account to what sketches I created inspired by my trip there. Want to play along? Tag your sketches #ideaemporium and show what inspired you from this post/store.

Until next Blog Tuesday, Go experiment!

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