The Mysterious Shadows That Lie Behind Everyday Objects

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“Profile” (1994) – What is he thinking?

Artist Kumi Yamashita’s work is the perfect example of two truths: that things are not always what they seem and, more metaphorically, that sometimes we have to view things in a different light to discover a new meaning. If this sounds too cryptic, just marvel over how Yamashita breathes new life into simple, wall-mounted cut-outs by providing them with an interesting shadow.


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“Lovers” (1998) – aluminum sheeting, lights, cast shadows

If you liked Incredible Shadow Art Created from Junk by British artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster, featured earlier here on EG, then you’ll like Kumi Yamashita’s work.

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“Origami” (2005) – “Each color sheet on the wall, lit from the right, casts a silhouette of a profile”

Unlike Noble and Webster, however, Yamashita does not use hundreds of pieces and no junk to create her shadow objects – faces and figures mostly – but banks on the belief that less is more.

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