My murals and art are a never-ending attempt to find this elusive thing called home.
Some people’s definition of home is a definite place and set of people with whom they have always belonged. My definition is not so easy. As a mixed-race person with a multicultural and multi-geographic upbringing, I have always felt like a stranger and sojourner on the earth… accustomed to goodbyes and repeated new beginnings— one thing always being only a precursor for something else.
Through my art, I find solace in the fact that home is not so much a geographical place, but a state of being. I find peace in my melancholy girls’ faces surrounded by lush florals, Japanese motifs, and gold leaf. They are often bloodied yet strangely defiant in their nonchalance—a nod to the inexorable fellowship of suffering that defines a person and their purpose... a thread common to all humanity regardless of their location.
With each new artwork, I feel I become closer to both the home of my comforting past, and the home of a yet-unknown shimmering city of light.
When the gatekeeper finally sees me, I hope that he will tell me I have been brave.
JUURI was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1983 and moved to the US with her family when she was six. Her childhood was a happy one, filled with drawing, creating, and exploration. She never had a doubt that she would grow up to be an artist.
Her university schooling in graphic design blended with her fine art studies paved the way for her unique aesthetic. JUURI's mixed media work and murals are driven by faces, flora, Japanese motifs, and the beauty of quietly defiant suffering.
JUURI's murals can be seen in Oklahoma City, Norman (OK), Newark Airport (NJ), Orlando (FL), and most recently, overseas in Israel. In addition, JUURI has sold hundreds of paintings and prints from her online store, both to local clients, TV stars, and top art collectors on the global scene.
Her work is stocked by DNA Galleries (Oklahoma City), Thumbprint Gallery (La Jolla, CA), Sketch & Press (Redding, CA), and veteran-owned Thirty Seconds Out (online).
When she is not painting and traveling, JUURI enjoys visiting local businesses and coffee shops, shopping thrift stores for unique fashion, playing with her rescue dog, and watching Japanese TV programs.
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