In Japan, shadows are an essential part of the culture. The rest of the world, however, tends to find them rather spooky and disturbing. Nonetheless, the mystery and uncertainty we often associate shadows with are the reason why they are also beautiful. Many artist tried to show the unseen and use shadow in their installations. The overall concept is not new, but the approach taken by Kumi Yamashita most certainly is.
Kumi Yamashita was born in Japan, which may partially explain her love for shadows. As she's put it on her website, the artist sculpts using light and shadow. She constructs complex installations that, when placed against a light source, cast shadows of different shapes and sizes. They are often people silhouettes and faces - the elusive results of combining various objects. Check out the gallery below for some of Yamashita's best shadow sculptures.