Transforming basic everyday object / materials into a stunning piece of art is what defines Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita. She got a magic touch in her fingers that transforms wood, thread, nails, aluminum sheets,credit card in magnificent portraits and installations. For example, aligning aluminum numbers on the wall which forms a Silhouette of a woman, Black threads webbed around perfectly on nails that are embedded on the white board to form exquisite portraits and placing paper over the old and expired credit cards and rubbing crayon over it to form portraits. All these technique’s have Never been heard off and that makes her art an eye catcher.
Kumi Yamashita was born in japan, but ever since she step footsteps in the USA for her high school in 1984,she has made New York City her home. Since then she has won many awards and has exhibited her art many exhibition and art shows around the globe.
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CONSTELLATION: This body of work consists of three simple materials that, when combined, produce the portraits: a wooden panel painted a solid white, thousands of small galvanized nails, and a single, unbroken, sewing thread.
RUBBING: Almost everyone can remember in grade school art class placing paper over the face of a coin or some other textured object and rubbing it with crayon. Kumi employed this same method using the subject’s personal (and expired!) credit card to create their portrait. For Beckett’s portrait, Kumi had embossed plates made from selected passages in his handwritten notebooks.