Akiko Yamashita is a Los Angeles-based Japanese artist known for immersive installations using light & sound, projection mapping and real-time 3D animation to transform our perception with prism-inspired full spectrum of colors.
She visualizes “invisible existences” found in nature. Hana Fubuki (2019), which was exhibited at ARTECHOUSE turns viewers’ hand movement into wind that spreads cherry blossom blizzards. Forest Perception (2021), a giant forest canopy and roots projected onto 2 sides of the building, Eureka! (2021) lets viewers stimulate neurons with gestures, Where does water come from? (2020) illustrates the cycle of water from atomic to ocean state. In Japanese animism, every existence has a spirit or a soul. A former dancer turned animator, she encourages viewers to fully immerse themselves in her artworks.
Yamashita also creates architectural public light installations, her light hallway Portal (2015) in Downtown Los Angeles won A’Design Silver Awards. Apple’s keynote film for the new Mac launch featured her as one of the new generation of makers.