"Dismantling and accumulating, proliferating and separating, the sense of obliterating and the sounds from the invisible cosmos. What are all these things?"--Yayoi Kusama
At age 27, Yayoi Kusama left her native Japan for New York and quickly established a reputation for herself in avant-garde art circles. Though her work has elements of Pop, Fluxus, Minimalism, and Surrealism, it is distinct in its obsessive, often sexually charged sensibility.
Oven-Pan is part of a continuing body of works, begun in 1962, which Kusama calls "aggregation sculptures," "accumulation sculptures," or "compulsion furniture." Often, they combine an object associated with women's work--in this case, a metal "oven pan"--with a covering of stuffed, phallic protrusions. At times, Kusama has expanded these works to room-sized installations in which the environment becomes a field of obliterating, menacing proliferations.