In her formative years, the Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama earned her living cultivating seeds, which gave her a strong appreciation for the natural world. Out of all the plants Kusama has grown, pumpkins hold particular fascination for her. Pumpkins don't tend to garner much respect; for example the epithet 'pumpkin head' describes an ignorant man, and the phrase 'put eyes and a nose on a pumpkin', is used to describe an ugly woman. But what appeals to Kusama is a 'pumpkin's generous unpretentiousness'.
Kusama's interest in pumpkins comes through in her art, and can be seen back as far as 1948. She has worked in all types of mediums and scales, with Pumpkins the size of a keyring to pumpkins twice the size of a person. Te artist has now completed a new body of work which is on display at Victoria Miro until the 19th December. Pumpkins is made up of two elements: in the main gallery you can view paintings and large scale mosaic, which will only be showcased until the 4th October, while for the rest of the exhibition, you can see a new series of bronze sculptures in the water garden.