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September 13, 2013

Q&A: JUURI incorporates inspiration from dual identity

NORMAN — Julie Robertson’s life is all about balance.

The Norman artist, better known by her Japanese name, JUURI (pronounced the same way), draws inspiration for her multimedia works from her dual identity as a Japanese American.

References to Robertson’s cultural heritage as a child in Japan and a youth and adult in the United States can be seen throughout the body of work that scatters her studio. Her studio, of course, also is a balancing act: Robertson answers phones for a local construction company between painting.

Though Robertson has a degree in graphic design from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, she made the switch into fine art in 2010. Her work is exhibited all over the country, including recently at DNA Galleries in Oklahoma City. She was also a 2011-2012 recipient of Norman Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award.

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Q: What’s your inspiration?

A: I just really like faces. So I look at them all day. I look at blogs and faces all day. I really, really just like faces.

Q: What kind of faces stick out to you?

A: I don’t know. Sometimes people make fun of me for always drawing beautiful faces and ideal faces, but I think it’s just what I think is beautiful.

Q: At what point did art become a part of your life?

A: I’ve been drawing pretty much since I was 2 years old. There’s pictures of me drawing when I was a baby.

Q: What attracted you to it?

A: I don’t know, I guess I’ve just always done it since I was really little. My mom is a really good artist and my dad is not artistic at all. But I guess I got it from my mom. I guess some things really are genetic. It’s weird.

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