Striving for Perfection

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Striving for Perfection, sculpture, 55" x 40" x 30", 1990

Marilyn McMurry Annin was born in 1938, and has spent about equal thirds of her life in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. She painted for many years, but in the 1980s, switched to sculpture, mostly in the form of rigid garments.

Annin began working in three dimensions in a casual way, experimenting with common materials found in the house or the junk yard. Her appreciation for these ordinary objects grew as she worked with them more. Her material experiments eventually led her to begin making rigid sculptured garments out of bottle caps, wire, pins, and cast-off fabric. Her garments act as metaphors for attitudes and customs in our culture and employ elements of portraiture, landscape, and satire.

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