Offerings (for Tulasi), 2021
acrylic and pen on paper
120 x 95 cm
My drawing practice brings together and reinterprets diverse metaphysical imaginings from across cultures and histories through the utopian language of geometry and diagrammatic aesthetics. I map and reconfigure geometric forms that reference patterns in nature, esoteric symbolism, alchemical diagrams, religious architecture and decoration, and spiritualist abstract painting.
My drawings visualise contemplative spaces by using architecture and gardens as visual metaphors. Positing the garden as a site of harmony between nature and culture, I draw up garden-like spaces combining geometric and botanical imageries. Through this combination, I interweave visual references to various religious traditions and animistic worldviews. With a floral image centred within a symmetrical composition, my work enshrines nature within imagined architecture. In this way, I envision an open-ended contemplative space where nature and culture, and the physical and metaphysical worlds come together, and invite holistic interpretations of the world around us.
Yuria Okamura is a Japanese-born visual artist based in Melbourne. Okamura holds an MFA (Research) from the University of Melbourne and a BFA (Honours) from RMIT University. She has been awarded Australia Council Career Development Grant, Stuart Black Memorial Scholarship, Ursula Hoff Institute Drawing Award, Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award, and La Trobe Art Institute Writer's Block Commission. She has exhibited extensively at public, commercial and artist-run galleries including Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Daine Singer, NotFair Art Fair, Incinerator Gallery, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, La Trobe Art Institute, C3 Contemporary Art Space, Anna Pappas Gallery and Five Walls.