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Kumi Yamashita's String Portraits

Posted by Josh Rothman  June 20, 2012 01:49 PM

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Kumi Yamashita's "Constellation" portraits are an incredible exercise in minimalism. Yamashita, who was born in Japan and now lives in New York, constructs the portraits out of simple materials: "a wooden panel painted a solid white, thousands of small galvanized nails, and a single, unbroken, common sewing thread."




Yamashita is an expert in the use of simple materials: I also love her origami shadow sculptures and warp and weft portraits, made by pulling on threads in a piece of fabric. See more at her website.

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