Kumi Yamashita is a New York City–based Japanese artist.
Yamashita received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1994 from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington and completed her Master of Fine Arts in 1999 from Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland.
She is best known for her light and shadow sculptures constructed from everyday objects. "I sculpt using light and shadow. I construct single or multiple objects and place them in relation to a single light source. The complete artwork is therefore comprised of both the material (the solid objects) and the immaterial (the light or shadow)." In her Constellation series portraits are created by winding a single black thread around galvanized brads on a white board. The dark areas are produced solely by densely wound and overlapping thread.