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The Insane Brilliance Behind Rising New York City Artist x Alchemist: Terrance James

Terrance James is an interdisciplinary artist working with photography, video, sculpture and installation based in New York City.

His work explores themes of biotechnology, human experimentation, and the social implications of a trans-humanist future. Grounded in science fiction, his work builds on a formal visual language that addresses the transformation and transmutation of biological matter.

Primarily working with photography and sculpture, Terrance works with artificial polymers and plastics, chosen for their organic chemical nature, and transforms them into forms that resemble biological tissue.

Transcending boundaries and societal's norms, "Terrance works as an alchemist in order to transmute and articulate the beauty of the sublime while straddling the line between the figurative and the abstract."

His work has been featured in exhibitions all over the world including Shanghai, China; Auckland, New Zealand; as well as the United States - from New York City to Miami to Los Angeles.

Terrance has guest lectured in higher education institutions and his work has been featured in various catalogues and publications. For his formal academic training, he obtained his MFA from Parsons The New School for Design in New York City and his BA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, where he also formally studied at Temple University Japan in Tokyo.


His awards, grants, and recognition include:


ArtSlant/Georgia Fee Residency Shortlist Recognition


ArtSlant Prize: Round 5 Photography Showcase Winner

Victory for Tyler, Judges Award: 2nd Place Prize


Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant Nominee


Dean’s Scholarship Award, Parsons The New School for Design


Below you will find portraits of two of his projects [2015] Children of Yacub as well as [2016] Invisible Men, respectively.

To learn more about Terrance James, visit: and follow his Instagram page @_terrancejames_ to say updated on his latest projects.

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