Ann Weber studied with Viola Frey at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. It was Viola’s totemic clay figures that inspired the scale of her work. She started working in cardboard in 1991. Herabstract sculptures read as metaphors for life experiences, such as the balancing acts that define our lives.
By casting ordinary cardboard into bronze or fiberglass for public art projects, she is illustrating that things are not always what they appear to be. Even in other materials it is easy to see the details of the former lives of cardboard boxes and individual staples. This humble origin is part of the innovation, charm and humor of the artwork.