Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese born artist and writer. She was born in March of 1929, making her 83 years old (coolest old lady ever). She is often cited as the most famous Japanese modern artist. Art movements which she has been involved with include: Pop art, feminist art, and minimalism. Her work has influenced famous artists such has Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Marc Jacobs, Claes Oldenburg, Donald Judd, and Aya Takano. Her career took off in the 60's when she traveled to the United States to study, where she work alongside many pop artist like Andy Warhol before traveling back to Japan in 1973.
Visually, her work is very simple (flat, single color backgrounds with dots of varying sizes on 3D surfaces - typically installations), but once you learn her history the work shows a much more complex meaning. Her work as a whole reflects her personal struggles with her mental health and how she coped with it. In fact, she creates most of her artwork in a psychiatric hospital which she admitted herself to in 1977. Her work is all about immersing her audience into her mind - to make them see as she does (she suffers from hallucinations). However, despite the very deep and rather depressing meaning behind her work she manages to make it very playful. For example, "The Obliteration room" at the Gallery of Modern Art (one of her more recent works), provides colorful stickers to the visitors and encourages them to go wild with it in the boring white room. Kusama loves when people interact with and enjoy her work - she values their opinions greatly.
English speakers have a very difficult time discussing her work and understanding it because Kusama speaks mostly Japanese and much of the poetic value is lost in translation.

Camilla d'Errico is a Canadian born comic book illustrator, painter, and visual artist.  She is among the group of female artist (which include Audrey Kawasaki and Amy Sol) who paint beautiful young girls in the "Pop Surealism" category. The popularity of her work is highly attributed to the success of the internet. Most of her fans, including myself, found her work through various art websites such as devaintART and Tumblr.
From a early age her interests included Saturday morning cartoons, comics, manga, and doodling fantasy elements in her textbooks. Early influences when she attributes to her current style. With her work on Helmetgirls, d'Errico expanded upon the concept of headgear to include animals of all kinds, intertwining and juxtaposing her stylized, fantasy girls with lifelike animals. Her girls are unusually stunning, doe-eyed and magnificently colorful female characters.
D'Errico's work has had a big influence on me and my desire to continue art. This is because at the time which I discovered her art (around 7th grade) I believed that only abstract or hyper realistic artists were "good artists", but she disproved this with her success as an anime influenced artist.


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