Yuria Okamura

Yuria Okamura is a Melbourne-based artist who has recently completed Master of Fine Arts (Research) at the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne. She has previously graduated from Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in 2010 at RMIT University, Melbourne. In 2016, she was selected for Abbotsford Convent Studio Start-up Residency and Bayside City Council Residency. Yuria has received a number of awards and scholarships, including Stuart Black Memorial Travelling Scholarship, Ursula Hoff Institute Drawing Award, Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award, RMIT Honours Travelling Endowment Scholarship, RMIT SiemensFine Art Scholarship, and Facetnate Visual Art Grant. Yuria has been showing her work in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including Five Walls Projects (Melbourne), Rubicon ARI (Melbourne), Kunstraum Tapir (Berlin, Germany), John Buckley Gallery (Melbourne), Langford 120 (Melbourne), Seventh Gallery (Melbourne), Japan Foundation Gallery (Sydney), and Mølla På Grim (Kristiansand, Norway). Her artwork has also been featured in the 12th issue of the Berlin-based Fukt: a magazine for contemporary drawing.


Building on the utopian language of geometry, Yuria's practice explores abstract drawing's potential to construct a holistic and expansive worldview. The geometric forms that appear in her work derive from visual elements seen in various systems of knowledge and belief across cultures including scientific illustration, esoteric symbolism, religious architecture and decoration, and also reference the history of abstract painting. Conflating these through deploying cartography, architecture, and gardens as unifying visual metaphors and motifs, her drawings seek to operate as connective and open-ended contemplative spaces. In this way, Yuria invites viewers to harmoniously integrate diverse translations of the world around us.


All images courtesy of Yuria Okamura