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#acrylic#drawing#installation#pen#plants#Yuria Okamura

Poetic Drawings by Yuria Okamura Meditate on the Sacredness of Plants

May 19, 2023

Grace Ebert

A symmetric geometric and botanical drawing in blues, yellows, and reds

All images © Yuria Okamura, shared with permission

Melbourne-based artist Yuria Okamura intertwines sacred geometries with medicinal botanicals in her delicate drawings and wall works. Evoking animism and the Buddhist and Shinto beliefs she encountered during her childhood in Japan, Okamura’s renderings in pen and acrylic create sites for meditation and contemplation with symmetries, muted color palettes, and subdued, calming auras.

Often accompanying the smaller works on paper are large-scale patterns the artist draws on the walls surrounding the pieces to create immersive architectural installations. This pairing establishes “a temple-like space for enshrining nature,” she says, and together, the works emulate the quiet, reflective qualities of places of worship.

Some of Okamura’s works shown here are on view through August 20 as part of Melbourne Now at NGV Australia. Find more of her exquisite renderings on her site and Instagram.

A symmetric geometric and botanical drawing in blues, yellows, and reds

Three symmetric geometric and botanical drawings in blues, yellows, and reds on a gallery wall surrounded by additional geometries

A symmetric geometric and botanical drawing in blues, yellows, and reds

Two symmetric geometric and botanical drawings on a wash of blue

A symmetric geometric and botanical drawing on a wash of blue on a gallery wall with geometric shapes surrounding it

A symmetric geometric and botanical drawing in blues, yellows, and reds

Two symmetric geometric and botanical drawings on a wash of blue

A symmetric geometric and botanical drawing in blues, yellows, and reds

A symmetric geometric and botanical drawing in blues, yellows, and reds

#acrylic#drawing#installation#pen#plants#Yuria Okamura

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