Yayoi Kusama in a red bodycon outfit, holding her hands to her head, in a room filled with mirrors and plush objects with dots on.
A Not So Innocent Game: Playfulness in art

Play is essential in our development. Not unlike animals, as children it is a way for us to prepare for more serious applications of the skills acquired during play. As adults, it is an incredibly effective way for us to test out and approach subjects which would otherwise be difficult to face. Freud theorised that laughter is caused by released inhibitions while Surrealism, Dada and the significance of nonsense in art creation is said to have emerged after the trauma of war to ‘tame the savageness of life’. So the question remains – if fun has so much significance, how is it manifested in the art of today?