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Jeanne Silverthorne

Jeanne Silverthorne’s crudely rendered sculptural objects examine the way in which ideas take form. Acknowledging the notion that all ideas are channeled through preestablished linguistic codes, her art exploits the conventions that we employ in order to translate thought processes and biological functions into codified language.

In many of Silverthorne’s sculptures, ideas are represented as actual objects. Thought Clouds, 1987, an amorphous cluster of black rubber globules with a stem, resembling a cauliflower, takes the conventional scallop-edged cartoon bubble used to signify a thought or idea and transforms it into a tarnished clump of material. She demonstrates that an idea is only beautiful in the abstract; once it has been materialized, it is corporeal and, therefore, imperfect. In Thought Clouds, Silverthorne has deflated Plato’s ideal forms, thereby exhibiting the clumsiness with

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