my work I wish to remind ourselves of how we preconceive
what is around and inside us. Knowledge, ideas,
and values are too often accepted without questioning.
Can we find a way to evaporate ourselves from a
pond and condensate over an ocean? Can we see a
common thread that connects all things?"
Yamashita is a fascinating artist from Japan. She
works mainly on installation pieces that are constructed
by using the most intriguing materials to trace figures
in the most unlikely ways. In it, Yamashita questions
all our expectations, by challenging our perceptions
of predictable relationships between solids and their
shadows. For example, on the wall, illuminated by
a single light source (see below), you can see an
arrangement of numbered 3D blocks. These appear to
be scattered randomly on the wall, however, under
this apparent chaotic assemblage lies a poetic order...
The artist has cleverly arranged these so that each
throws a particular shadow which, when taken with
all the other precisely placed objects, astonishingly
adds up to the illusion of a lifelike form! You can
get more info about her art on Yamashita's
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Nanba Parks Tower in Osaka, Japan:
The numbers scattered on the wall, lit from the right,
cast a silhouette of an old woman.
of the installation
view of the installation
wood, light, cast shadow, 50 x 77 x 3 in.
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