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Jillian Moore: Fissilis

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Jillian Moore: Fissilis, 2017, foam, composite and epoxy resin, paint, pigment, found/altered acrylic, polymer clay, nylon, silicone-rubber, 19" x 5" x 2"


My work has always been a blending of the zoological and botanical filtered through abstraction with the intention of creating wearable objects that are both familiar and uncanny. More recently I've been incorporating visual references to the minerological realm to heighten the implausibility. I've also been ruminating on transgression and how the natural world can sometimes defy easy reduction and categorization. There is a direct link in my current shift, frantic productivity, and risk taking in the studio as it relates to my rage, heightened anxiety, and rebellion against the rise of bigotry in the US, coupled with the desire to amplify the ambiguity, peculiarity, and otherworldly qualities in my work. Now I am exploring the extraterrestrial in the intersections of animal/vegetable/mineral, and creating objects that are exhuberantly, confrontationally, defiantly weird and examining what it means to embrace that perspective with and on the body. This resulting new work is much more cartoon-like, and has a heightened sense of both fantasy and absurdity.


Jillian Moore received her BFA from Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL in 2004 in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Making, and she received her MFA at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA in 2008 in Jewelry and Metal Arts. She is a full time studio artist working in contemporary jewelry and sculpture as well as an erstwhile writer. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Blickfang in Zürich courtesy of Friends of Carlotta, at SIERAAD Art Fair in Amsterdam, and during NYCJW with Ombré Gallery as part of the travelling exhibition "Glossy".


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