Jeanne Silverthorne (b. 1950)
- Rubber, hair & Phosphorescent pigment
Jeanne Silverthorne is an artist based in New York.
This body of work was first exhibited in Butler Gallery in 2006, during Silverthorne’s exhibition Burning DNA, which addressed the literal and metaphorical implications of the molecule that encodes the genetic information that is passed from one generation to the next. This tiny rubber figure was one of a number of portraits, modeled in clay by the artist. Silverthorne worked from photographs and used magnifying lenses to capture the subjects in precise detail. The sitters also provided samples of their DNA which yielded their genetic blueprints, tracing their ancestry back thousands of years to one of our seven common female ancestors!
Silverthorne has exhibited widely, including the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, P.S.1, New York, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, among many others. Her work is part of collections including: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Houston Museum, Albright-Knox Museum, Denver Museum, FIAC, Witherspoon Museum, Sheldon Museum.