Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929)
presumably found baby stroller, paint, canvas, cotton, and steel, Overall - h:89.50 w:102.00 d:74.00 cm (h:35 3/16 w:40 1/8 d:29 1/8 inches) Wt: 26.16kg. Gift of Henry H. Hawley in memory of Berenice H. Kent 2010.463
Baby Stroller represents a very early and therefore important piece in a series of three-dimensional works made by Yayoi Kusama during the 1960s, in which she transformed everyday objects by covering them with stuffed phallic protrusions. The obsessive repetition of forms found in these objects occurs throughout Kusama’s work, from her earliest paintings to her later installations. In "equipping" a baby stroller with clearly sexual attributes, she destroys-with a violent gesture-the picture of an innocent and carefree childhood. At the same time, the work can also be read as an appropriation of the phallus by the artist and her will and fantasy to possess the oppressor’s power.