Review for Kusama: The Graphic Novel

Review for Kusama: The Graphic Novel

Kusama: The Graphic Novel, Kusama Yayoi, Elisa Macellari, Red, Dots, Woman, Japanese, Japan, Art, Non-fiction, Biography, Graphic NovelI received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

I knew I had to try out this book, a graphic novel about a great artist? Sign me up. Plus, the cover was just fantastic and captured the Kusama perfectly.

This one is about mental health, about dreams, about family, about finding your way in the world, setting your own path. It was beautifully drawn, and there was also text accompanying the illustrations to tell us more and give us dialogue.

We see how Kusama lives in a strict family, a father who cheats on his wife, a mother who is horrible and mean (at least in my eyes because no parent would do the things she did). We see how Kusama hears things that aren’t there/shouldn’t talk. We see her lose herself in her art and try to make something out of it as she definitely isn’t letting her mom’s opinions take over and I loved that. I loved that she went out to find someone to get her out of the country, to free herself from the shackles of her family.

We see how her mental health affects her. I already read some about Kusama and her mental health but seeing it drawn is a total different story. I think the author did a great job on illustrating the mental health parts.

I loved seeing various other artists who knew/know Kusama, like Salvador Dali.

OK, there was one scene that had me laughing and that was when Joseph called. How in heavens name is the phone staying on her head like that? Believe me, that is not how phones work. 😛

The book was amazing and we see her from young to old, we see her whole journey and history and it while this book was just 126 pages it never felt rushed. Every part of Kusama’s history gets a spot. Wonderfully done! I would highly recommend this one.

Star rating, 4.5 stars

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