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Kumi Yamashita: Selected works/ For SPIEGEL ONLINE, she created a shadow portrait of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

21 Amazing Examples Of Shadow Art

Kumi Yamashita

Kumi Yamashita: Selected works/ The Japanese art Kumi Yamashita specializes in shadows cast by folded paper, carved wood or aluminum numerals. She creates silhouettes with square pieces of origami paper.

Kumi Yamashita: Selected works/ Yamashita also creates shadow art using other materials. For this mother and child, she carved two pieces of wood.

Kumi Yamashita: Selected works/ She claims she can recreate any profile -- although she admits that beards are tricky.

by shadow artist Kumi Yamashita (origami paper and a single light source)

Kumi Yamashita: Selected works/ "The longer I am away, the more I notice a Japanese tendency in my work -- simplicity, the tendency to reduce things," Yamashita says. "I am drawn to temporary things."

Kumi Yamashita, Origami, 2011

Kumi Yamashita: Selected works/ She then wound a single, regular thread around the nails to create the image.

Kumi Yamashita: Selected works/ Yamashita bends and folds the origami paper in such a way that it cases the shadow of a silhouette on the wall. "I use very subtle force, very slowly," she says. "You have to be careful not to bend it too much. It's very fragile work; if anyone touches it, that's it. "