Yayoi Kusama, mental illness and embracing weirdness
Winnie Lim

“Is some sort of extreme isolation necessary to connect deeply?”

For some, more than others. And for people who live in busy society, periodically. The noise of our world (it’s not all bad, but a lot is noisiness still) gets us to forget how true connections are possible. When you become isolated, and then become past the shock and longing of being isolated, you pick up on the sense that you couldn’t ever be truly alone. On some level you will always be connected to something great, which is inside you, too.

Some ways of expressing this don’t always match one’s social culture, and so they are isolated and sometimes painfully ostracized. Then, as you refer to, the resurgence of the inner child is possible in this new state of being made to feel separate. But, sometimes the pain is too much to even think this is possible, and the person doesn’t make it through… or maybe it takes more years.

The journey is often painful, and there is suffering, but the glimmer and glimpses of the love one can feel with a truer, bigger, non-wasting level of connection gets us to keep going.

Thank you for your work in making sense of these questions about being alive…

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