Healers: Magnolia, Echinacea and Tulsi
acrylic and ink pen on paper
85 x 200cm
Courtesy of the artist
Yuria Okamura holds an MFA (Research) from the University of Melbourne and a BFA (Honours) from RMIT University. She has been awarded multiple Australia Council Grants, Stuart Black Memorial Scholarship, LaTrobe Art Institute Writer's Block Commission, Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award, and recently shortlisted for National Works on Paper Award, Paul Guest Drawing Prize, Ravenswood Australian Women's Award and Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award. She has exhibited her work at the National Gallery of Victoria, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Daine Singer, NotFair Art Fair, La Trobe Art Institute, Anna Pappas Gallery, and Kunstraum Tapir (Germany).
'My work combines botanical and geometric forms, inspired by the symbolic use of geometry in architecture and decoration of diverse religious and mystical traditions, to explore how the geometry might aid in exploring spiritual interpretations of the natural world. In this series of works, I portray medicinal plants as 'healers', referencing how deities and saints have traditionally been depicted with geometric ornamentations carrying symbolic meanings. In this way, I enshrine seemingly ordinary plants as sacred through the lens of animism and herbalism and invite the viewer to connect with the plants around them with a renewed sense of wonder.'
Yuria Okamura with her artwork 'Healers Magnolia, Echinacea and Tulsi' 2023. Photo: Elijah Clarke.
This artwork will be on display in the 2023 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize Finalist Exhibition from Saturday 25 November 2023 until Sunday 18 February 2024.
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