M. Annie Kilborn (Wisconsin)

Carriage Dress

Medium/Materials: Sterling silver and andesite labradorite

Dimensions: 12” x 6” x 5”

Year: 2010

Photographer: Serena Nancarrow

Artist Statement: 

My work examines romanticized representations of feminine beauty, and how western history, art and popular culture dictate our perception of what this venerated beauty is. By considering the appealing, as well as revolting aspects of vanity, I am questioning whether attempts to capture contemporary notions of physical attractiveness are futile, or does masquerading become an important aspect of navigation in an ego driven society. I am fascinated with how the pursuit of glamour, as exploited by fashion, adornment, cosmetics, grooming, surgical modifications, and other alterations of the body both reveal, as well as mask ones’ character.


M. Annie Kilborn was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She received a BFA in Art Metals with a minor in Art History and a focus in Sculpture in 2010 and a MA in Sculpture in 2011 from Ball State University. Kilborn is currently working toward a MFA in Metals at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Her work has been included in the both international and national group shows including “Alchemy 3: Vision +Passion +Creation” at Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA, “Materials: Hard and Soft” at the Greater Denton Art Council Center of the Visual Arts, Denton, TX, and “Gothic” at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, San Ana, CA. All of these exhibitions have catalogs, in which Kilborn’s artwork has been featured. Her artwork has been included in the book “500 Silver Jewelry Designs” published by Larks Books. She received a SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarship in 2011, and won a NICHE Student Award for “Metals-Sculptural Nonfunctional” category in 2010.