Folded Sculpture



Clockwise from upper left: I’m Not Doing What I Think I’m Doing, the Garden, the Volcano in the Back Yard, Traces, Monolith, Glacier I (rephotographed), and Husk.

L. Mahadevan, Ph.D. explains the complex relationship between form and function in nature, especially the underlying geometry present in many biological structures and processes. Many scientific disciplines use the art of folding, or origami, to represent this relationship, with numerous applications from the unfurling of a leaf to the micro-structure of DNA.


These sculptural objects adapt the mechanics of folding to transform flat photographs into 3 dimensions, mimicking natural forms and observed plant growth patterns.

Black+White










the City & the City


The city, however, does not tell its past,
but contains it like the lines of a hand.

-Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino

2050, future tax lots, India Basin.

Imagining the future as a relic of the past



“Inexorable”, Diego Rivera Gallery Exhibition
Photography: Drew Altizer, 2014




Handmade Artist’s Book, Installation





An 1868 map shows a submerged grid of streets and tax lots (still extant and taxed) across open water. Early on San Francisco planned to fill the shoreline and much of the Bay, but was stopped by activism in the 1960s. The parcel labelled Established on the map is the last area filled in 1971.


Sea level rise threatens coastal cities, yet development goes on despite accelerating projections. In San Francisco, new cities rise on the former Navy Shipyards of Hunter's Point and the wetlands of India Basin, the City’s last undeveloped area.


Recent studies suggest that building codes in coastal areas are inadequate. The observed rate of glacial melting means waters will rise faster and higher than current projections.

As of 2019, San Francisco’s updated development plan has adapted to current estimates of sea level rise.




Judith James is an artist working with photographs. 

Her photographic work has appeared in juried shows at the San Francisco Art Institute’s Diego Rivera gallery and in group shows at Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, CA.

She completed an MFA in Film & TV Production at USC film school. Previously she was a principal at edgeX studio, a multimedia and web design partnership affiliated with the Bakery, a Los Angeles post-production studio.


contact: j@judithjames.com



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