Kumi Yamashita’s sculpts objects using light and shadow. In a special exhibition held at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei which culminates Yamashita’s 25 years of creation, the artist has yet again shown her prowess in using origami techniques, blocks of numbers of varying heights and lighting, to create sculpted shadows and silhouettes. Yamashita casts light on these objects to produce shadows and silhouettes of people and their faces.
Fragments, 2009, 270 x 400 x 2 cm, cast resin, single light source, shadow (Photo courtesy of Kumi Yamashita)
Conversation, 1999, H150, W40, D40 cm, Styrene, motor, single light source, shadow (Photo courtesy of Kumi Yamashita)
This exhibition also includes portraits of people made by sewing a single unbroken thread around thousands of small galvanized nails, and portraits of people made by stepping on sheets.
Yamashita also used origami techniques to reveal an unknown terrain. She folded this huge piece of polycarbonate paper and unfolded it, showing us different patterns. Guess how many square there are in this huge piece of paper?
On other folded pieces, she drew a picture of a man with his back on the viewer, an aeroplane, and a blimp, each character navigating an unknown vast and unfamiliar terrain.