As a summer job in the late 90’s I apprenticed in a metal fabrication shop building off-road trucks This experience gave me the first taste of what would become quite a passion for me: gears, sprockets, cogs and chain.
My first piece was a tulip, welded from old bolts and bearing races. I find the inner workings of machines: the gears, the sprockets, the cogs lend themselves perfectly to the organic form of a flower and I know organic. I am a research scientist with a Master’s degree in Zoology. After a day in the lab filled with experiments, hypotheses and the rigors of the scientific method, I can explore another part of my psyche by simply creating with the hammer and anvil, crucible and furnace or plasma torch and welder.
Education has always been a core value of mine; in
addition to a Master’s in Zoology, I continuously upgrade my
technical skills with welding, machining, and blacksmithing
classes. In 2008, I graduated
with honours from the Kootenay School of the Arts Metal
program and upon graduating won the Circle Craft Co-Operative
Scholarship for metal.
Raised in Steveston, British Columbia, I currently reside in Victoria.
2008 Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College - Metal Certificate
1999 University of British Columbia - M.Sc Zoology
1995 University of British Columbia - B.Sc Biology
2014 Rookery & Roost: City of Richmond Public Art
2009 I Think: Dr. Patrick Keeling , University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.
2008 Geodesic Dome: Alderwood House School, Richmond B.C.
2006 Heron: London Lane Development Corporation, Richmond B.C.
2005 Bridge Troll: London Landing, Richmond B.C.
2009 Brass Band-Aid
2007 Octopus Gate
2007 Fish Arbor
Exhibitions and Craft Fairs
emerging collisions between art & science
2015/2014 Science World,
Invisible Portraits, November 17- March
2014 Pure Beauty. Science
and Your Inner Artist. Panel Discussion. Beaty Biodivesity
Shift: AMS Art Gallery
Invisible Portraits. Museum February - May
Congress of Protistology XIV July 29 – Aug 2
2009 Circle Craft - 2008 Student Scholarship Recipients Exhibit
2008 One of a Kind Vancouver – Kootenay School of the Arts Graduates
2008 Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College Graduating Class Exhibition: READY – Touchstones Nelson, Museum of Art and History
2008 Urban Artisans Craft Fair - Roundhouse Community Arts Centre (Juried)
2008 Farmers & Artisans Market – Steveston, B.C.
2007 Kootenay School of the Arts - Student Christmas Show and Sale
2007 Nelson District Arts Council - Kootenay Artisans Christmas Market (Juried)
2004 Richmond Art Gallery - Artists Among Us Exhibition (Juried)
2003 Richmond Art Gallery - Artists Among Us Exhibition (Juried)Awards
2008 Circle Craft Student Scholarship
2014 Global BC, Art
from a Petri Dish.
2014 24 Hours
Vancouver. UBC researchers turn science into art.
2014 UBC Science. Beauty and
the Microbe on YouTube
2014 Eye of the
Beholder. UBC Science
A Tour of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum
2013 Popperfont.net I guess it might look like this if microves were to suit up like Iron Man.
2013 Small Things Considered. American Society for Microbiology
2013 Germs and bacteria beautified in Invisible Portraits (The Ubyssey)
2010 Thieves steal Rasmus (Richmond Review, Richmond News)
2009 CBC North by Northwest Interview
2009 Circle Craft Gallery Reviews
2008 Nelson Daily News, April 29
2008 Nelson Daily News, February 21
Nelson Daily News, December 12
Thing article in November 16, 2006 issue of The Georgia
2005 My belt buckles were part of a Vancouver magazine shopping article.
I shared a feature article in the Arts & Entertainment section of the Richmond Review with my sister Jennifer James.