Valerie James is an artist based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her BFA in 2016 and continued her studies, earning an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2019. Valerie has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally at venues including Brooklyn Metal Works, New York City Jewelry Week, the Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference, and Galerie Marzee’s International Graduate Show, where she received the Marzee International Graduate Prize. She currently holds teaching positions at Tyler School of Art and Rhode Island School of Design, while maintaining her studio practice in Fairmount, Philadelphia.
Valerie 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, she conveys these observations, the mobility of jewelry, and the agency it instills both in and out of the studio.