The queen of polka dots, Yayoi Kusama is back with more wonderful dotty art! This time, she’s transforming Han Christian Anderson’s fairy tale classic, The Little Mermaid into series of illusory abstract art.
In case you’ve never read the original version, you should be wary that it’s poles apart from the Disney version. Anderson’s version is dark, horrid, and sombre. It has absolutely nothing to do with the phrase “Happily Ever After.”
In the macabre tale, the mermaid made a deal with the sea witch after falling in love with the handsome prince. She traded her tongue and her voice in exchange for the legs.
The young mermaid then gave up her identity as a sea creature to gain a human soul. Hence, never be able to return to the bottom of the sea. She was also told that the prince will have to fall in love with her, so she could avoid death by absorbing part of his soul.
Unlike the Disney version, this twisted tale ends with the prince marrying another woman. And, the mermaid ended up dead, dissolving into piles of oceanic foam.
In the book, The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson & Yayoi Kusama: A Fairy Tale of Infinity and Love Forever, Kusama reinterprets the ghoulish tale into series of dreamlike black-and-white illustration.
Combining the artist’s whimsical works of art with Anderson’s chronicle, the book delves its audience into a bizarre aquatic world.
The artist uses lines, spiral motifs, and lots of polka dots to reconstruct the twisted mermaid world. You’d see traces of human faces, women’s silhouettes, as well as shadows of sea monsters hiding within the ocean’s depth.
If you look closely, you could even see that Kusama depicts the ‘deepest spot in the ocean’ with patterns that look like human eyeballs. Wow.
You can now pre-order the book on Amazon for AUS$59 (US$45).