James uses arts processes to document his experiences of different places, drawing on a lifelong love of the natural world, of making, and a fascination with how we perceive ourselves and the world of which we are a part.
This area of James's practice encompasses walking and noticing, the gathering of materials, writing, photography and mark-making. This 'researching through doing' is key: enabling James to pay attention to his body, thoughts and emotions, and the sights, sounds and smells of the place which he visits.
The acts of walking and making 'on foot', enable a dialogue between James and his environment. Documented on paper or in the objects that evolve, they allow each place to tell its story.
James welcomes commissions to respond to particular landscapes and environments, from nature reserves to museums, and opportunities to work in collaboration with other artists and performers.