The New Contemporary Art Magazine

Tag: Spirited Away

It's difficult to summarize the visual richness of Ellie Okamoto's paintings, a maelstrom of imagery teeming with rainbow-colored human figures, animals, and grotesque creatures. Her art is replete with Japanese folklore, tradition, and symbolism, while the influence of modern art and film like Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away is also evident- a title she borrowed for her debut solo show in 2010 that depicted children spirited off in the depth of the forest by packs of innumerable animals. For her current solo show at Mizuma Gallery in Tokyo, Okamoto converges characters throughout Japanese history into new paintings that convey her philosophy about life.

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