Yuria Okamura

Yuria Okamura is a Japanese-born artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Okamura holds a MFA (Research) from the University of Melbourne and a BFA (Honours) from RMIT University. Okamura’s drawing practice brings together and reinterprets metaphysical imaginings from across cultures and histories through the utopian language of geometry and diagrammatic aesthetics. She maps and reconfigures geometric patterns and symbols that reference esoteric symbolism, occult diagrams, religious architecture and decoration, and spiritualist abstract painting. In doing so, Okamura examines the symbolic implications of harmonic ideals that seem to be universally embedded in geometry, and how such ideas might open up to reinterpretations within the new interrelated compositions. She also deploys wall drawing to create immersive drawing installations by using architecture and gardens as visual metaphors. By incorporating spatiality in this way, she draws up open-ended contemplative spaces where nature and architecture, and physical and metaphysical worlds come together. Okamura has received a number of awards, scholarships and residencies including Australia Council Career Development Grant, Stuart Black Memorial Scholarship, Ursula Hoff Institute Drawing Award, Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award, RMIT Honours Travelling Endowment Scholarship, The Studios at MASS MoCA (USA), Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency, Bayside City Council Residency and Takt Artist Residency (Germany).