Men With Glassesis an ongoing collection, which began in 2013 as a cheeky foray into the way we view status, gender, relationships, and looks. Since then, well over 1000 heads have been collected, numbered and stored in an analogue Tinder of the past. Over five years of collecting has evolved into an in-depth analysis of stalking, hoarding and obsession. Men With Glasses represents an ideal that will never be fulfilled, husband-hunting at its darkest. Collected on mass, Men With Glasses creates a dark and dirty love nest of all the potential suitors a girl could, would, should have.
The Tarot collection is an ongoing project that references the original Rider-Waite tarot deck illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith, first published in 1910. Used as an exercise in composition and symbolism, these works aim to celebrate and investigate the use of semiotics in the practise of discerning meaning.
In the broader context of James’ practice, symbols, signs and signifiers are collected and categorised by item, size, colour. Flowers, gemstones, weapons, hands, tools, structures and of course, a continued parallel collection of Men with Glasses.