I create art and murals as a way for me to feel home.
As a mixed-race person with mixed-geographic upbringing, I often feel like I don’t quite belong anywhere. These days as I get older, I also find myself longing for my original geographic home, Japan.
Since my current circumstances do not allow me to move back, I paint. I find solace in the melancholy faces of my girls surrounded by florals and traditional kimono pattern. I feel purpose in my portraits of unlikely warriors, and a wonder at the fellowship of suffering that knows no geographic bounds. I can pose the deepest questions, and pray the most impossible prayers through the images that I create. In street art, all these things are amplified due to the scale and visibility of the work.
I’m struck with wonder when someone happens to see their own story or struggle in one of my works. It’s a magical moment, as if my own thoughts for a short time run exactly parallel to a complete stranger’s. This amazing ability for art to engage with the viewer and morph to take on their story, is perhaps one of the most important things that has become “home” to me.
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.
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 street art are driven by faces, flora, Japanese motifs, and unlikely courage.
JUURI's murals can be seen in Oklahoma City (OK), Norman (OK), Newark Airport (NJ), Orlando (FL), Lynn (MA), and overseas in Shtula, Israel. In addition, JUURI has sold hundreds of paintings and prints from her online store. Her collectors include models, TV stars, and top art purveyors on the global scene.
Her work is also 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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