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Dotty and Disease

Dotty 1

The room I’ve had a couple of times in my favorite little hotel in Brighton is called "Dotty", and I basically picked it because it's fun and bright orange and filled with festive polka dots. Like it was made especially for me. It's kooky, and I love it.

Dotty 2

Every room in the hotel is decorated according to a different theme, and Dotty is based on the work of a Japanese artist called Yayoi Kusama, whose work revolves around a certain brilliant, all-consuming obsession with dots that she's had for most of her long life.

Yayoi Kusama

As fun as the Dotty room is, it's a little troubling that Kusama's work is an expression of her ideas of obsession, anxiety, and disease. Of course, you can't expect a novelty room in a little Brighton hotel to capture all the subtlety of a celebrated titan of modern art. But still, now that I"ve read a bit more about her work I may have to pick a different room next time if I want to have pleasant dreams. Maybe it's time to try the Rough Trade Records room, or the Lee "Scratch" Perry room.

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