Through the format of jewelry, Valerie James translates the gesture and psychology of traversed spaces. Walking is a way of knowing the body—the subtle movements it makes and how it interacts with surrounding landscapes. Using traditional mark making techniques such as engraving, James conveys these observations, the mobility of jewelry, and the agency it instills both in and out of the studio.

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Valerie earned her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2019 and her BFA in 2016 from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Valerie currently holds teaching positions at both Tyler School of Art and RISD, while maintaining her studio practice in Fairmount, Philadelphia.

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