Ann Weber, Strange Fruit, 2006, photo credits Traywick

Ann Weber

Sculpture, Abstract Art

March 9, 2015

Ann Weber is an American artist born in Jackson, Michigan in 1950, who transforms the ordinary medium of cardboard into impressive large-scale sculptures reminiscent of pods, gourds, and organic spires. Weber received her BA in art history from Purdue University in 1972 and her MFA from the College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland in 1987 where she studied with Viola Frey.

Ann, who began her career as a ceramic artist, started working with the lighter medium of cardboard in 1991 and finds great interest in the possibility of making beautiful objects from common and mundane materials. Cardboard has allowed her to explore the fine line between art and craft and engage the contemporary zeitgeist through alternative, everyday materials. By creating something extraordinary out of nothing, her sculptures successfully resonate with a wide range of audiences. Her works read as metaphors for life experiences such as the balancing acts that define our lives. While some of her pieces are finished in bronze or fiberglass, most are plain cardboard preserved and strengthened with shellac. Weber's works range in size from 12 inches high to 16 feet tall.

Ann Weber insists on the psychological component in her works, and she wants the viewers to bring their own associations to the artwork. With a palette of simple forms (cylinders and circles), her sculptures are symbolic of male and female forms and the natural world. She uses architecture and art historical references to evoke memory, relationships and morality.

Weber has shown at the San Jose Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum of California, The Boise Art Museum in Idaho, and the Evansville Art Museum in Indiana, amongst others. Her cardboard sculptures have been cast in bronze and fiberglass for public art projects in Phoenix, Denver, and Sacramento.