James Watts


With “The Bone Project,” James Watts drew upon his multiple disciplines to create a sculpture of himself — his pain, his joy, all his experiences in life — as a way of making peace with mortality. 

Who is James

James was born in San Diego in 1961 to an American father and a Japanese mother. An art teacher whose career has run the gamut in San Diego institutions, including the Education Department at the San Diego Museum of Art, James began his Kokeshi series of sculptures in 1995 as an homage to his Japanese mother. Traditionally, kokeshi dolls (a style of figures originating in northern Japan) are carved from wood, but James incorporates found materials in his sculptures, such as painted tin and scrap metal.




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