Rinko Kawauchi has gained international recognition for her nuanced, lushly colored images that offer closely observed fragments of everyday life. In her series ‘Ametsuchi’ the artist shifts her attention from the micro to the macro, focusing on the volcanic landscape of Japan’s Mount Aso – a renowned site of Shinto rituals. The title ‘Ametsuchi’ is comprised of two Japanese characters meaning ‘heaven and earth’, and is taken from the title of one of the oldest pangrams in Japanese – a chant in which each character of the Japanese syllabary is used. In this group of works Kawauchi brings together images of distant constellations and tiny figures lost within landscapes, as well as photographs of a traditional style of controlled-burn farming (yakihata) in which the cycles of cultivation and recovery span decades and generations. Punctuating the series are images of Buddhist rituals and other religious ceremonies – a suggestion of other means by which humankind has traditionally attempted to transcend time and memory.