The work of Cole M James is that of a negotiator, navigating the African Diaspora, circling the expanse of queerness and fumbling through womanhood. James creates paintings, digital prints and video work that explore the intersections between digital production and the analog collections of lived experiences. James was born in Chicago and raised in Southern California. She received a MFA from Claremont Graduate University and exhibits her work in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and South Korea. She was awarded the Alfred B. Friedman Grant, Walker Parker Artist Fellowship, and Mignon Schweitzer Award. CM James works and lives in Los Angeles CA.