Shadow Portraits by Kumi Yamashita

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Kumi Yamashita proves simplicity is key by using just paper and light as her mediums. The New York-based and Japanese artist uses origami techniques to create deliberate folds in colored paper; and when attached to a wall, those folds cast shadows that depict people’s portraits—the most recent being German chancellor Angela Merkel. The pieces take about thirty minutes to make, and can portray a wide range of characteristics (though beards are particularly tricky). Yamashita describes her artistic process as having “a Japanese tendency—simplicity, the tendency to reduce things.”

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Janet is a senior at Kenyon College studying English with a Creative Writing emphasis. She has a particular affinity for American literature, and enjoys discovering the narrative(s) behind a piece of art. GBlog is her blogging debut, and she is grateful for newfound exposure to objects such as the “Bug Light.” (She favors the stately praying mantis.)

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