Statement "Our natural tendency to seek out patterns results in a sensitivity to the congruities in biological forms. Deliberate exploitation of these phenomena results in objects that are both ambiguous and evocative. Some are organs removed from the body in which they once belonged, revealing structures with unknown functions. Others are complete specimens tagged with labels. Signs of dissection as well as taxonomy provide evidence of attempts to demystify these new organisms. However, this approach leaves many unanswered questions and highlights the inherent ethical compromise in these methods of understanding.
I choose materials and techniques that are transformative, resulting in objects that do not readily reveal the processes of their making. Copper may be hidden under layers of paint, the only exposed metal oxidized. The electroforming process allows for wax forms to be coated in copper leaving a hollow shell with textural encrustations--evidence of the accretive nature of the process of building copper on a molecular level. The resin pieces are light in weight, built on a core of carved foam that is strengthened by successive layers of an opaque, water-based composite resin. The clear epoxy resin is then layered with paint to create a depth of surface typically expected of glass work. The slick gloss of the resin further mimics biology."
Education 2008 MFA, Jewelry and Metal Arts Program, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
2005 BFA, Metalsmithing and Jewelry Program, College of Fine Art and Communications, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL.
Experience 2010-11 Contributing Writer for Art Jewelry Forum blog and website. Blogger for Crafthaus, SNAG Conference.
2009 Guest Lecturer, "Introduction to Jewelry", Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA.
Guest Lecturer, "Writing About the Arts", University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
2008 Guest Lecturer "Mixed Media Workshop", University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
2006-08 Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Jewelry and Metal Arts, University of Iowa, IA
2005 Research Assistant/Studio Tech Assistant, Jewelry and Metal Arts, University of Iowa, IA.
Awards 2010 LEAP Award Finalist
2008 "METALinclinations",Society of Midwestern Metalsmiths online exhibition, Award of Merit.
"Craftforms 2007", Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, Juror's Silver Award.
2007 "Topeka 28", Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka, KS, Honorable Mention, juried by Robert Ebendorf.
2005 "Iowa Crafts 37", regional juried competition, MacNider Art Museum, Mason City, IA, Artist-to-Artist Award.
2004 "Niche", Student Award Winner in Sculptural/Non-Functional category in Metal.
SOLO 2011 "Nomen Dubium", Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN.
2009 "Creatura: A Thing Created", an online show through Object Fetish Gallery
"Tributaries IV: Jillian Moore", National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN.
2008 "Anatome", MFA Exhibition, Art Gallery West, ABW, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
2006 "Mimetic of Life", MA show with Satomi Kawai, Art Gallery West, ABW, University of Iowa, Iowa City.
2004 "Senior B.F.A. Exhibition", Western Illinois University Art Gallery, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL.
GROUP 2012 Upcoming, "The Art of Seduction: Exquisitely Crafted Temptations", invitational exhibition organized by Gail Brown, Rouse Gallery, the Horowitz Center of Visual and Performing Arts, Howard Community College, Columbia, MD.
2007 "Refined Abundance", The Old Opera House, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX, juried by Charon Kransen.
"Jewelry Journey: Air 2006", continuation of international traveling exhibition, Detroit Arts Market: Elements Gallery, Detroit, MI, Galería Isidro Miranda, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and beginning at beginning at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany (2006.)
"Masterpieces", and "Magnitude 7", Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.