Jillian Moore

Large Yellow Dollop Brooch

Materials: Foam, paint, composite resin

Dimensions: 2.5 x 2 x 2 inches

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.

About the Artist:

Jillian Moore received her MFA in Jewelry and Metal Arts from the University of Iowa in 2008. Currently she resides in Iowa City, IA and continues to work full time in her home studio on both larger, sculptural work, and smaller, semi-production pieces. She sells work through traditional galleries, such as Velvet da Vinci in San Francisco, as well as directly through the site Etsy. Additionally, she was a contributing writer at Art Jewelry Forum, and continues to blog special events, such as the SNAG Conference, for Crafthaus. Her work combines traditional materials, such as copper and brass, with new materials, such as polymer clay and resin. Her work is most notable for her layering technique with resin and paint that creates a particularly unusual depth of surface. Her work references biological forms while exploiting both color and pattern to create wonder as well as revulsion.

"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."