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Nishimua was born in 1978, graduated from Nihon University in Tokyo, after studying design at the Art Department of Tsukuba University. Nishimura’s works have attracted the attention of wide-ranging media, museums, collectors and architects. In addition to a solo exhibition at the Fuller Craft Museum in Massachusetts and a group exhibition in Art Tower Mito organized by Hanae Mori and the Meguro Museum of Art in Tokyo, her work can be found in many collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Kyoto, the Sheraton Hotel, China and the Palace Hotel, Tokyo.

Folded Light, Folded Shadow

Using her skilled fingers as her tools, Japanese artist Nishimura Yuko transforms large, crisp, single white sheets of a special handmade paper known as “kyokushi” into complex geometric two and three dimensional conceptual wall reliefs.

The repetitive accordion patterns created by the ‘mountain folds’ and ‘valley folds’ combine the elements of light and shadow, producing magical overall surface designs; this is the central concept of all of her work. In recent years the use of paper as a material for fine art has grown popular among artists throughout the world. Nishimura, however, has focused on the technique of folding paper because the simple act of folding is deeply embedded in Japanese daily life.

Certain types of folding have very special significance in Japan and relate to happiness or the desire for good fortune. There is a no clear evidence that there is a connection between folding and praying, but it is difficult to think this is a mere coincidence.