After leaving her home in Japan, Kusama spent 1957 in Seattle, Washington. She continued making paintings, including Nets, above, representing the nets she saw in her hallucinations. Look closely at the pattern. At first it might look like Kusama covers the canvas with polka dots. But she actually composes it with a series of semicircles, or U shapes, that are all connected to one another, creating a “net.” The pattern could repeat forever.
Kusama makes many paintings using this signature net pattern, working with a thick application of paint. In this example, the artist uses analogous colors red and orange, which appear next to one another on the color wheel. Notice how she adjusts the hues within the work, using bright colors in the center and muted one around the edges. This adds a sense of dimension to the abstract pattern.