Kumi Yamashita is known for her astoundingly clever artworks which play with creating figures out of shadows… the planning and detail that go into each is truly impressive. These portraits, created from small nails and string, are no different in their insanely well planned execution. They give the viewer an impression of shading and fine details using varying densities of their geometric web. Perhaps the most intriguing thing about these faces however, is that they are made using only one continuous piece of thread.
Because of the insane detail portrayed in each image, one might expect that they are really large – and most artists would probably plan such works that way – but not Yamashita. Her works only measure about 30 by 40 centimeters, giving viewers an image that even from a close distance still retains its high level of realism.
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Yamashita’s other ongoing series’ have focused around creating faces using lights cast on objects… the shadow then reveals her subjects visage. She uses everything from delicately folded squares of origami paper to hand carved wooden letters to create the effect. See more of her captivating work at kumiyamashita.com.