As I said in my London post I’m completely enamored with Yayoi Kusama and her work. Just buying some of the goods from her show wasn’t enough so I decided to do a selection of nails inspired by her paintings. Professional nail artist Boom Nails actually did sets for the Tate Modern exhibit. But I wanted to try my own novice hand at it and pick some different works.
My happy Yayoi Kusama nail wheel
Close-up of some of the nails
Selections of artworks (paintings, sculptures, installations) and the lady herself that I drew my inspiration from.
There’s some I’d like to perfect but overall I really liked doing this wheel.
Since I love wearing nail art I had to do my own nails of course. These were made with a combination of gel and polish like Wah Nails did for me. Although I use a softer more temporary gel, they use a hard gel. Even with my amount of non caring and thrashing about they last around a week and a half before peeling. They don’t chip.
Spotted Pumpkin Nails
A bit of yellow enjoying the outside.
The inspiration for those nails was her pumpkins. I love the way she uses dots with depth.
Infinity Installation Nails
Kind of like a galaxy. They look out of focus, but that was the painting style I was trying to accomplish.
The nails are based on this photo of one of her Infinity installations. They’re really amazing and very mood changing to be in. I tried to create that surreal quality in the nails.
I forgot how rewarding and fun it is to wear something that inspires you. More than just parts, but something you can look at and it makes you happy.