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Kumi Yamashita’s Astounding Sculptures Made with Light and Shadow

New York-based Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita has only made use of simple objects and light to create her incredible series of artwork.

“Lovers” (1999). Photo via Kumi Yamashita’s website

In this series by Yamashita, aptly titled “Light & Shadow”, it’s the combination of the “material” and the “immaterial” that makes up the final piece. She carefully positions objects such as paper, cloth, aluminum plates, letters and numbers, and wooden building blocks against a single light source to form full body and profile shadows of humans.

Yamashita has been creating shadow art as early as 1994:

“Profile” (1994). Photo via Kumi Yamashita’s website

Here are a few more pieces from the “Light & Shadow” series:

“Veil” (2013). Photo via Kumi Yamashita’s website
“Akari” (2009). Photo via Kumi Yamashita’s website
“Fragments” (2009). Photo via Kumi Yamashita’s website
“City View” (2003). Photo via Kumi Yamashita’s website

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).

All information in this article were sourced from Kumi Yamashita’s website. See more of the artist’s pieces from the “Light & Shadow” series here.

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