"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."Video
MFA, Jewelry and Metal Arts Program, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
BFA, Metalsmithing and Jewelry Program, College of Fine Art and Communications, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL.
Contributing Writer for Art Jewelry Forum blog and website.
Blogger for Crafthaus, SNAG Conference.
Guest Lecturer, "Introduction to Jewelry", Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA.
Guest Lecturer, "Writing About the Arts", University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
Guest Lecturer "Mixed Media Workshop", University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Jewelry and Metal Arts, University of Iowa, IA
Research Assistant/Studio Tech Assistant, Jewelry and Metal Arts, University of Iowa, IA.
LEAP Award Finalist
"METALinclinations",Society of Midwestern Metalsmiths online exhibition, Award of Merit.
"Craftforms 2007", Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, Juror's Silver Award.
"Topeka 28", Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka, KS, Honorable Mention, juried by Robert Ebendorf.
"Iowa Crafts 37", regional juried competition, MacNider Art Museum, Mason City, IA, Artist-to-Artist Award.
"Niche", Student Award Winner in Sculptural/Non-Functional category in Metal.
"Nomen Dubium", Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN.
"Creatura: A Thing Created", an online show through Object Fetish Gallery
"Tributaries IV: Jillian Moore", National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN.
"Anatome", MFA Exhibition, Art Gallery West, ABW, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
"Mimetic of Life", MA show with Satomi Kawai, Art Gallery West, ABW, University of Iowa, Iowa City.
"Senior B.F.A. Exhibition", Western Illinois University Art Gallery, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL.
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.
Upcoming, "SP7: Organ/ism", invitational show, Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA.
Upcoming, "CoOperative Tableware", collaborative work with Emily Watson, Fancy Gallery, Seattle, WA.
"South Seas", juried show, Friends of Carlotta, Zurich, Switzerland.
"Charmed II: Mix 'n Match", Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA.
"NonFunctional", organized and juried by Loring Taoka, online exhibition at Crafthaus
"Oddly Wearable", organized and juried by Rachel Timmins, online exhibition at Crafthaus
"underwaterlove", invitational show at Schmuckfrage, Berlin, Germany.
"Oblique Patience", invitational show, Metrospace Gallery, East Lansing, MI.
"Play", invitational show at Quad City Arts, Rock Island, IL.
"Charmed", Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA.
"Ho Ho Ho" and "ADVENTure Box", Friends of Carlotta, Zurich, Switzerland.
"Jewelry in Motion", Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, curated by Gail M. Brown.
"Craftforms 2008", Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA.
"New Work", showcase concurrent with "500 Pendants and Lockets" at Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA.
"The Ring Show: Putting the Band Back Together", Fahm Hall, SCAD, Savannah, GA.
"Overflow", Jen Library, SCAD, Savannah, GA.
"Co-Laboratory", La Galerie Bleue, SCAD, Savannah, GA.
"Cresting: SNAG Juried Student Digital Image Show", SNAG Conference, Savannah, GA.
"Surge: SNAG Juried Student Exhibition", Gallery S.P.A.C.E., Savannah, GA.
"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.
"Material Alchemy", Gallery M.I.M., Baltimore, MD.
"Art of the Doll", Pump House Regional Arts Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin.
"The Arsenal Metals & Enamels Exhibition 2006", Columbus, OH.
"Craftforms 2005", Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, juried by David McFadden.
"La Petite XIII Art Competition", Alder Art Gallery, Coburg, OR.
"Midwestern Metals Exhibition", Western Illinois University Art Gallery, Macomb, IL.
"Making it in Metal-Snag Student Exhibition", national juried exhibition, San Francisco, CA
"To Market, To Market", discussion of alternate jewelry marketing on the internet
"Bingeing at SOFA Chicago", comprehensive review for Art Jewelry Forum blog
"A Rose by Any Other Name", interview with John and Corliss rose for Art Jewelry Forum site
"Popping Up", article for Art Jewelry Forum Blog
"What's She Building in There?" article for Art Jewelry Forum Blog
"Trades", article for Art Jewelry Forum Blog (re-posted on Etsy's Storque Blog)
"Untangling SNAG" article for Art Jewelry Forum Blog.
Crafthaus Blogger, SNAG Conference 2010 Houston.
"On the Radar", American Craft, Apr/May 2011.
"Libro de Anillos", ("Rings Book") Promontora de Prensa Internacional S.A., published in Barcelona.
"Saturated: Metal & Color" Exhibition in Print, Metalsmith Magazine, August 2009.
Review of "Masterpieces", Jane Durrell, Sculpture Magazine, Vol. 27, No. 6 (July/August 2008).
"500 Wedding Rings: Celebrating a Classic Symbol of Commitment", Lark Books, Asheville, NC.
Exhibition catalogs for "Masterpieces" and "Magnitude 7", Manifest Gallery Publication, Cincinnati, OH.
"500 Pendants & Lockets", Lark Books, Asheville, NC.