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N-town Q/A

September 13, 2013

Q&A: JUURI incorporates inspiration from dual identity



Q: For these pieces with the questions, what was the development like for them?

A: All I did was think about how I was feeling at the time and started each new painting. It’d be a new week so I’d have a new dilemma of my own, a new dilemma for every week. Or just whatever I was thinking about at that time.

Q: How much does your cultural heritage influence the way you create?

A: I think in some of the themes and obviously in some of the letters. I wouldn’t say one particular style influences me. I really love to look at old Japanese art — even though it doesn’t really look like my art that much — but it really energizes me a lot, with the colors.

Q: What’s your ultimate goal as an artist?

A: Well I sell a lot of my work online and I’d like to keep doing that more and more. I really love shipping them to other parts of the world. People that like my work tend to be in California and Australia.

I also would like to be able to travel a lot more. I do travel as much as I can but I think I get inspiration each new place I go and that somehow molds in with the Japanese stuff and becomes more interesting. I wish I could take all my art stuff with me and just make paintings there in different countries. That would be super cool.

Q: What kind of advice would you give to other aspiring artists?

A: I think if you’re in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition is a really good organization to join. They helped me out a lot at first when I had no idea what I was doing by letting me know about opportunities and networking with other artists.

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