James Carl Herman was born in 1985 and lives and works as an artist in Los Angeles, CA. His book Driftwood Forts of the Oregon Coast was published by Nestucca Spit Press in April, 2014. His work deals with the ways in which we inhabit space, and the natural environment. His multi-disciplinary practice uses nature-play, formalism, and the assemblage of various found materials to create architecture, sculpture, and design. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, not to mention completing numerous commissions, one of which for the Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego. In 2010 he was awarded an Ellen Battel Stoeckel Fellowship to attend the Yale Summer School of Art.
I have been helping out at the Community Center, where they run an after school program for kids ages 4 to 12. On Valentine's Day we crafted cards and decorated cakes. Which was exciting, but not as much as when on Presidents’ Day we made Lincoln hats and beards. I also led an exercise where we made our own Rorschach inkblot tests.
I came into this program expecting to make friends, make art, and help the community. I never expected I would be working with kids, nor did I think I would love it so much. It feels good to talk with them about their aspirations; I like to tell them I’m an artist, I went to college, and that I come from Oregon. They ask questions like, "Where is Oregon? Will you draw me something? Will you read to me?"