The Visible Reminder of Invisible Art

2 Nov 2012

A Japanese artist, creates exhaustively complex and precise, but at the same time, deeply human artworks.

Footprints on a sheet compose a face, blocks of various heights cast a realistic human shadow, a single piece of thread forms a subtly modulated portrait. Too attentive to details, Kumi Yamashita, a Japanese artist, creates exhaustively complex and precise, but at the same time, deeply human artworks.

She sculpts shadow with light or sometimes light with shadow, uses discarded objects, places them in relation to a single light source, thus, creating mind-boggling compositions. The complete artwork is therefore comprised of both the material (the solid objects) and the immaterial (the light or shadow).

This creative artist constructs artworks with everyday things, such as alphabets, building blocks, thread, nails, credit card rubbings and light installations. As a result of the process these ordinary objects are transformed into arresting, yet elusive images.

Kumi’s methods and materials go beyond the confines of traditional art concepts, transforming common textures into stunning visual art pieces.

Kumi Yamashita received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Glasgow School of Art. Her solo shows include: the Seattle Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, Yerba Buena Centre, San Francisco, the Esplanade in Singapore, Hillside Gallery Tokyo and the Kent Gallery in New York. She is scheduled for a solo exhibition at the Sato Museum, Tokyo and the Dillon Gallery, New York for 2012. Her work is in the collection of the New Mexico History Museum, Seattle City Light, Microsoft Collection, Boise Art Museum, the Hamada Art Museum and others.

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