Jessie James is an interdisciplinary artist based in Boston. She makes photographs and incorporates found video, textile, and installation. In her work she investigates themes of adolescent memory, family structures that diverge from the nuclear family, DNA, and the transfer of traits from past generations to present individuals.
She received her BFA in Photography from Lesley University. Her work has been exhibited nationally including the Griffin Museum of Photography, Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, and the Copley Society of Art. She has also produced a series of images for permanent display at the Target in Burlington Massachusetts.
In addition to her artist practice, Jessie is an educator who prioritizes an approach that applies an inclusive and sociocultural framework to her content and relationships with learners. She holds the positions of Community Art Liaison at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Darkroom Instructor at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and is the Gallery Manager of Chase Young Gallery. Jessie continues to establish herself in the arts as she engages with her community through visual making.