April 04, 2022

The Sacred Place

2020/12/19 – 2021/2/6

Taka Ishii Gallery

Solo exhibition “Sacred Place” at Taka Ishii Gallery Photography/Film as their first solo exhibition.
Ellie visited during the Corona disaster in search of peace of mind.
The exhibition features new works shot at Suwa Taisha Shrine and Lake Toya,
as well as a group of works shot in various locations between 2012 and 2014.

The inspiration for her creations comes from the energy of the earth and nature.
Suwa-taisha, located on the shore of Lake Suwa in Nagano Prefecture and
considered one of the oldest shrines in Japan, is said to be bounded by large trees called “onbashira” which are placed at the four corners of the shrine building.

She was fascinated by the sublime energy emanating from the towering trees and their powerful,
straight lines reaching to the heavens, and snapped her shutter.The photographs, which capture the full presence of the subjects themselves, not only convey the strength of life that has lived magnificently in the harsh natural environment for many years, but also bring us the inspiration and discovery that comes to us when we confront nature and look at ourselves in a new light.

Just by looking at the photographs of mystical, energetic, sacred places
Cells are regenerated and
Something new and inspirational comes down to me.
Things that had not been moving may start moving instantly.
Wishes come true
A change occurs in conjunction with
Such wonders are likely to happen. 

I hope you will all spend a serene and mystical time with us.

Ellie Omiya

“Onbashira Ⅱ” 
C-print mounted on acrylic
146.5 x 109 cm

“Doragon of Toya”
C-print mounted on acrylic
540 x 405 cm

“Onbashira Ⅲ”
C-print mounted on acrylic
146.5 x 109 cm

“Shasta Cross”
C-print mounted on acrylic

“Obsidian Mountain”
C-print mounted on acrylic
147.5 x 110 cm