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Jeanne Silverthorne:
New Life in the Ruins of the Artist’s Studio

by Jan Riley


I knew that I wanted to learn more about Jeanne Silverthorne’s work when I saw one of her tiny rubber figures sitting on a tall pedestal in the McKee Gallery booth at the ADAA Fair about two years ago. Amid all the preening people and strident art sat a humble, yellow female figure with gray hair. Indomitable, brave, and hopeless all at once, this little woman did for me what I want art to do. She took me out of myself, away from the noise of the fair, and into a place where I could sense someone else’s mind, someone who was working to communicate a specific aspect about being alive.

Bad Ideas, 2007. Rubber, metal, and phosphorescent pigment, 20 x 15 x 20 in.

 


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