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Kumi Yamashita

New York City, New York

Much of my artwork consists of plain everyday objects such as building blocks, alphabets, paper, numbers, thread, credit cards, etc. As a result of the processes I employ, these ordinary objects are hopefully transformed into something out of the ordinary. Separate pieces may connect together in shadow or a simple square of paper might create an endless variety of profiles. When familiar things are transformed into something that cannot be defined by convention, they reveal to us other dimensions of life. My art making helps me realize that in everyday life we are seeing only a tiny fragment of something that is immeasurably and inexpressively grand! If one could point to what has been an inspiration for my art, it is the beauty found in nature and the works of great masters - things so complete they require no explanation or context. In my work, I wish to see the intellectual and the sensual coexist and to convey not an irony but a hope.

Kumi's ArtPrize Entries

These are Kumi's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.