Originally from Philadelphia, James Helenski (Jamezie) is a transgender artist currently maintaining a studio in Boston. They are a recent graduate of The New England School of Art & Design where they concentrated in sculpture, performance, printmaking, and philosophy. Their work has been exhibited in several venues and pop-up shows in the Boston area including a recent exhibition with the Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance, and internationally in TRANSEND.T: A Queer Themed Screen Exhibition in Porto, Portugal.
Helenski is one of the recipients of The International Sculpture Center’s 2015 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, and is returning from a residency in Reykjavik, Iceland.
They frequently collaborated with community collectives to organize and teach accessible art making workshops that encourage radical minded action for events including The Boston Anarchist Bookfair, Boston Zine Fest, and The Theater Offensive. In their free time James rides bikes, does witchcraft, writes zines about mental health, radical sobriety, and gender issues, wears cute dresses, drinks the blood of cis men, and yells at cops.