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James Tralie, director of nostalgia 

Marseille, nature, and nostalgia. These are the three elements that animate the work of American James Tralie. The young artist’s digital worlds have been noticed on Instagram, invaded by water and vegetation. His creativity is inspired by his stay in the Phocaean city during his studies and catalyzed by the confinement imposed by Covid-19, during which he trained in free 3D-modeling software via YouTube tutorials. But before this adventure, and before offering his services to Apple, Facebook, Adobe, and the Marriott group, the young man had an unusual trajectory that few can boast. While studying geosciences at Princeton University, he found an internship at NASA. The prestigious American aeronautics and space agency hired him a month after he finished his studies. His objective? To share the discoveries made during the various missions to the moon and other planets through films and documentaries. A mission that allows him to marry his scientist’s soul to his artistic fiber. Unlike his counterparts, James Tralie does not give life to completely unreal universes with no real link to reality. His approach remains connected to our world, but also to his own, inhabited by the gothic buildings of his student life, or by his sweet memories of the Mediterranean Sea in the creeks of Marseille.

Lisa Agostini