Kumi Yamashita uses an unbroken single thread wrapped around thousands of nails to create stunning portraits of women and men. Single thread art has not been a common thing in the past and is a really tedious thing to do.
In the ongoing series entitled Constellation (a nod to the Greek tradition of tracing mythical figures in the sky), the Japanese artist (living and working in New York) uses three simple materials to produce these otherworldly works of art.
Mana, the first artwork featured below, was recently selected as one of 50 finalists for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, a triennial event being held at the Smithsonian Museum’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Yamashita’s artwork was selected from over 3,000 entries and was on display at the National Portrait Gallery until February 23, 2014.