Ann Weber

Ann Weber’s creative journey commenced in the realm of ceramics. After spending 15 years crafting functional pottery, she embarked on a transformative path, relocating from New York City to California to study under the guidance of Viola Frey at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. It was Viola's totemic clay figures that ignited a profound influence on the scale of Ann’s work. 

In 1991, Ann transitioned to working with cardboard as her chosen medium. The versatility of cardboard allowed Ann to construct monumental yet lightweight forms, liberating her from the cumbersome processes associated with clay. Inspired by the cardboard furniture crafted by Frank Gehry, their abstract sculptures serve as metaphors for the diverse range of human experiences that define our existence.

As Ann navigates the creation process, the question of "How far can I push this before it collapses?" lingers in her mind. Ann’s true fascination lies in pushing the boundaries and exploring the untapped possibilities of transforming a common and mundane material into objects of beauty. 

By casting ordinary cardboard into bronze or fibreglass for public art installations, Ann aims to challenge perceptions and illuminate the notion that appearances can be deceptive. Even when transformed into other materials, the remnants of cardboard boxes and individual staples bear witness to their former lives, adding a touch of innovation, charm, and humour to the artwork.  

An intriguing psychological aspect permeates Ann Weber’s creations, straddling the realms of representation and abstraction. It is her intention to invite viewers to bring their own associations and interpretations to the artwork.

Employing a palette of simple forms such as cylinders and circles, their sculptures symbolise the male and female figures as well as elements from the natural world. Drawing inspiration from architecture and art history, their sculptures evoke memories, explore relationships, and reflect upon notions of morality.