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
to feel perfect ‘til I die. Growth is never ending; growth is a