Kumi Yamashita’s Deceptive Origami Profiles

Origami Series by Kumi Yamashita
(Image © Kumi Yamashita)

I sculpt shadow with light or sometimes light with shadow, but both function in essentially the same manner. I take objects and carve and place them in relation to a single light source. (Kumi Yamashita)

I am fascinated by the works of Kumi Yamashita – at first glance her Origami installation seems so simple, yet look again. Very clever…

Orange Origami from Origami Series by Kumi Yamashita
Orange Origami from Origami Series by Kumi Yamashita
(Image © Kumi Yamashita)
Green Origami from Origami Series by Kumi Yamashita
Green Origami from Origami Series by Kumi Yamashita
(Image © Kumi Yamashita)
Blue Origami from Origami Series by Kumi Yamashita
Blue Origami from Origami Series by Kumi Yamashita
(Image © Kumi Yamashita)

In her Origami installation from 2005, Yamashita has pinched and pleated square sheets of aluminium so that they cast shadows of human profiles when they are hung on the wall and lit from the side. Brilliant, yes?

Kumi Yamashita received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Glasgow School of Art. Her solo shows include: the Seattle Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, Yerba Buena Centre, San Francisco, the Esplanade in Singapore, Hillside Gallery in Tokyo and the Kent Gallery in New York, the Sato Museum, Tokyo and the Dillon Gallery, New York.

Her work is in the collections of the New Mexico History Museum, Seattle City Light, Microsoft Collection, Boise Art Museum, the Hamada Art Museum and others. But not in the TSL collection in Sydney, more’s the pity.

If you’d like to learn more about Kumi Yamashita, this is just the tip of the iceberg. You can check out her website here.

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Comments (15)

I have to admit when I first looked at these I thought…what is so impressive, but on closer look they are amazing… so clever. Great find 🙂

Happy you felt the same way, BCD. Quite understated, yes?

Check out her website – there are some amazing works there. She is so clever when it comes to light and shade.

Oh wow, that *is* brilliant!! Thanks for posting 😉

That is awesomely creative!!!!

I know – what will she think of next?

Totally agree, M. Now, if only I could come up with my own cunning and clever plan…

HA – you and me both!

Sometimes the most simple is the most beautiful. I’m sure the creation is anything but simple. Cheers

I know – can you imagine? She is a clever and imaginative woman

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