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thumb_Angeion_MorphosA metals exhibit by artist Jillian Moore, "Nomen Dubium," continues through Feb. 10 in Gallery One of the Appalachian Center for Craft.

Moore creates her work to imitate life forms. Soft, organic shapes based loosely and speculatively on biology grow and morph across skin and fabric. Moore chooses vivid colors that are attractive on a base level. It is important to her that they be luscious, and she rationalizes her choices based on her amateur interest in biology.

Moore chooses 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 glasswork. The slick gloss of the resin further mimics biology.

Moore has a bachelor of fine arts in metalsmithing from Western Illinois University and a master's of fine arts from the University of Iowa. Her work has received numerous awards and has been exhibited extensively.

The Appalachian Center for Craft is located about six miles from Interstate 40 at Exit 273 (Smithville /McMinnville). Go south on Highway 56. Turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge. This drive leads to the Craft Center. The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information call 931-372-3051 or visit