STUBBORNNESS (CON TI N U ED)
"Here Am I," by JUURI
JUURI, local muralist and painter, also possesses that same stubborn mentality, but her version takes on a different feel that’s more about courage and beauty. "The lens" with which she views the world was shaped by her upbringing. "I think being Japanese has a lot to do with both beauty and courage, but it’s a more subtle kind. We aren’t loud, we aren’t showy. But, we are determined to be excellent, and will
JUURI poses with a work titled "Fancy Kagemasa"
not be beaten by anything." Imagine
Gustav Klimpt, and you'll capture the symbolism, attention to detail and ethereal quality of her work. While Klimpt expresses women erotically, JUURI communicates a rich depth of psychological understanding. "I hope my girls look both alluring but confident, almost defiant. I am captivated by the psyches, inner turmoil and ludicrous bravery
inhuman courage tempered by the universal
in the hearts of warriors."
human ‘weakness’. It's the ultimate juxtaposition;
JUURI brings an unexpected beauty to the
the ultimate paradox." The woman, eyes crying
concepts of persistence and inner strength.
tears, knuckles crying blood, has risen again,
Plumbing the human soul, she gives the viewer
facing her opponent and ready for the next
an out-of-body, out-of-time experience that
round. Her soul cannot be defeated and her
makes you feel as if you've actually visited Japan.
body chooses to face the enemy once more. In
Her work spans both place and time. A lover
the midst of the fight, JUURI begs the question:
of Japanese history, JUURI restores stories from
How do you overcome this fear of death?
the past and visually brings them to life. The
Everyone faces death if they live long
ancient lives of warriors, paired with her personal
enough. As JUURI's perspective shifted, so
experiences growing up, meld together in her
did her artwork. Now, when encountering
paintings. As a child, she was served "o-nabe"
fear of death, she finds it doesn't stick to her
(a bland soup containing cabbage and mush-
as it once did. Her work embodies the tricky
rooms) that made her cry. As an adult, facing
balance of defiant determination to live life
more significant trials, she finds herself enjoying
and a respect for the frailty of existence.
the mushroom/cabbage soup and having built
"I think that type of confidence, mixed
a death-defying confidence. Her work reflects
with a knowledge of one’s own vulnerability,
this inner transformation, paired with an intense
is strangely beautiful. That mind-boggling
understanding of the warrior mentality.
strange/beautiful mixture empowers me."
A piece titled "Strong or Weak?" perfectly depicts this enigmatic spectrum of "extreme 30
Cleveland County Lifestyle | August 2017
Look for her work as you drive around town and at juuriart.com.
"Strong or Weak?" by JUURI
August 2017 Issue of Cleveland County Lifestyle