Jim Hodges was born on October 16, 1957 in Spokane, Washington. He eventually moved to New York to attend the Pratt Institute, earning his MFA in 1896. While the artist initially struggled, his career jumpstarted in 1990 with the unveiling of Flesh Suspense. While he trained a painter, Hodges has long worked with a variety of media, including sculpture, prints, and even pants, blurring the lines between different types of media. He also works extensively with installation art, including a monumental commission at the Worcester Art Museum.