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Finding Yurika

By Ebony Harding

Intro | America | Imagination

Yurika’s imagination
Aside from her fascination with the human body and nature, mirrored images also intrigue Yurika, who says, “Everyone has more than one image. Sometimes you show one aspect of yourself to people, hiding the other self.”

Yurika also has in her possession numerous paintings of pregnant women. When asked about her obsession, she states that she believes that these figures represent a metaphor for growth and hope: “If you do not have hope, you do not have anything.”

She says that she enjoys painting landscapes because comparisons can be made to the human figure. For example, she states that a stream is comparable to the vein in a person’s body. Also, in her landscape paintings, she wants the viewer to look beyond the horizon, which poses some mystery and perhaps a big surprise.

As Yurika struggles to make her mark in the artworld, she states that she will never reach the level of perfection. “I don’t want to feel perfect ‘til I die. Growth is never ending; growth is a continuation.”

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