Yura Adams

Artist’s Statement

I am a painter working within a contemporary practice; using color and energy to conduct the voices of poetry and science in my work. My studio is in an industrial building located in the middle of fields that have mostly gone back to nature and my paintings are a visual response to rhythmic forms I observe in the environment.

My most recent body of work is titled Nature Dress and is based on diversity of pattern and fluid motion in nature. Walking the farm road is an influential activity. I look at the flow of the adjacent Williams River, the visuals of the storms I have to beat to get back to my car, bird and plant patterning, and especially, color temperature shifts driven by changing light. When painting, I like to improvise with hand-cut stencils, sprayed and poured paint, and loose drawing. I jumble my painting supplies; quotidian and refined materials side by side. It is important to me to instigate chance encounters with materials. Taking as many risks as I can, I like to hook my intuition to my painting practice as I search for an idiosyncratic version of beauty.

Yura Adams is a painter with an interdisciplinary career based in the San Francisco Bay area, Lower East Side of NYC, the Hudson Valley and currently Western Massachusetts. Adams received her BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and is currently represented by the John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York. Her work has been exhibited extensively on both coasts of the U.S. and she has been the recipient of two NEA grants, three DEC grants and was selected for the New York Foundation of the Arts Mark program.
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Susan Lewis (susanlewis.net) is the editor of Posit (positjournal.com) and the author of eight books and chapbooks, including This Visit (Blazevox, 2015), How to be Another (Cervena Barva Press, 2014), and State of the Union (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2014). Her ninth book, Heisenberg’s Salon, is available now for pre-order from Blazevox. Her poetry has appeared in such places as The Awl, Berkeley Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Cimarron, Gargoyle, The Journal, The New Orleans Review, Prelude, Raritan, Seneca Review, So to Speak, Verse, and Verse Daily.