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''The film, Un Chien Andalou, by Spanish director Luis Buñuel and artist Salvador Dalí, famously opens with a razor blade that slices through an eye. In the place of a blade, I make drawings to create an incision into the eye and memory, leaving a lasting scar that aches from within. The boy wields a slingshot, but instead of a pebble, he uses his own eye as a projectile. Though the sculpture may ostensibly reference the story of David and Goliath and Hammurabi’s code of reciprocity, 'an eye for an eye', the sculpture is more an allegorical representation of my creative struggles, as the target of my ambitions requires an element of self-sacrifice and mutilation.''
Initially, James Jean started doing illustrations in order to survive in New York. By now it is certain that his legacy will outlive him.
If boundaries and intersections still exist, then Jean’s work sits from the very beginning somewhere between them. Since scoring his first cover for DC Comics after graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2001, his commercial work has been reproduced in architectural dimensions for clients like Prada, has played a role in ESPN and as cover art for Atlantic Records.