Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Kumi Yamashita 

The Amazing Work of a Japanese Artist

Sewing Thread wrapped around nails form this portrait

Kumi Yamashita is in a category I am not sure how to categorize: it is creating realistic pictures using unusual materials and methods.  From coffee, to pancake syrup to nails a number of artists are creating super realistic work, often on a large scale.  In many it depends highly on contrast and highlights.  There should be a name for it, if there is not yet.  In the portrait below Yamashita has used thread wrapped around nails to produce a mesmerizing piece of art. Constellation is the name Kumi assigns to this series of art. 
"This body of work consists of three simple materials that when combined produce portraits: a wooden panel, a wooden panel painted a solid white, thousands o small galvanized nails, and  a single, unbroken, common sewing thread." Yamashita 

Kumi Yamishita             From google image only for the purpose of education  
Yamashita also creates what she calls shadow art.


"I sculpt using light and shadow. I construct single or multiple objects and place them in relation to a single light source. The complete artwork is therefore comprised of both the material (the solid objects) and the immaterial (the light or shadow)."
Shadow Art by Kumi Yamashita       Artist lives in NYC

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