Works

Sea Birth

2017
This artwork starts with a search for spirits in the turbulent sea on the Pacific side of Okinawa. … The story of Sea Birth begins with a wood fragment of an unidentified shipwreck in the coral near Minami Ukibaru Island. … In reflecting imaginatively on these fragments, the potential for a new life born in the sea is opened.

Transpacific Crossing

2017
Views of the Pacific seen from the bathymetric data from one container ship travelling between Aomi Terminal to the Port of Tacoma.

Iwaki Window

2016
These eighty-eight works are composed simply of dirt traces on paper. The artist stood at each of these sites during the past year—touching one granule at a time, feeling the life of the earth on one’s fingertip. Numerous sites near the exhibition location in Fukushima Prefecture were also included, gradually bringing the spirit of each place  into view. Look into these windows, what do you see?

Stories of Khayalan Island

2013-present
This project begins from the rumor of an island that disappeared in the 19th century in Singapore harbor. Through a collective search, the island is re-imagined in the complexities of the present.

Migration of a Cycad

2015
A Cycad tree is fabled to have been carried by boat from the Ryukyu Archipelago to Takamatsu circa the 18th century. In exchange, a pine tree sapling was carried by boat on a five-day trip from Takamatsu to the island of Tokunoshima by the artist.

Sunset House: The House as Language of Being

2010-present
This artwork is built together with the community from a former community center on the island of Shodo. During artistic production, words have been integrated into the structure of the walls and stone garden.

Philosophies of Dirt

2005-2012
“Dirt has a mind. In reading James Jack’s Philosophies of Dirt, here is one idea to which I propose we commit—that not only does dirt have a mind, it uses it.”

Natura Naturata

2010
Earth pigments painted directly on the wall in a contemplative process, including three samples gathered in the vicinity of the gallery.

Natura Naturans

2005
“For Natura Naturans, James Jack has created a work of profound beauty with a luminescence and quiet hue that evokes a sense of harmony with the nature of the Northwest.”

Ink & Essence

2003-2010