A Conversation with Ann Weber: Enough, Not Enough
Sometime not so long after this magazine had been launched, I remember a conversation I had with Ann Weber. I knew her work, but if we’d actually met, the word acquaintance would suffice. The conversation began well, and quickly became quite friendly. In recollection, I was surprised by its warmth and can remember feeling emboldened. Before long a proposal was put forth—by whom, I don’t recall, but I suspect it was Ann. “Why don’t we begin a series of dinners with artists? We’d each invite two or three artists. It could be at my studio and I’d do the cooking.” (this part I do recall)
Ann Weber in Rome
Visiting Artist and Scholars Program, American Academy in Rome
Large-scale wall sculptures were created from beautiful Italian cardboard scavenged from dumpsters. Inspiration came from the Laocoon sculpture in the Vatican Museum, the view outside Weber's 15-foot studio window overlooking the city, and the drapery of High Baroque sculpture.
"Extreme patterns in Bernini's drapery express spiritual passion. These shapes are not simply signifiers of clothing: in their abstract complexity the folds seem to preordain abstract expressionist art. By selecting details from his drapery in The Ecstasy of St. Teresa or the Angels with the Superscription, then magnifying these details, and executing them in cardboard, I explore this aspect of his work as a separate and complete entity."—AW
2013 Artist in Residence, International School of Beijing, People’s Republic of China
International School of Beijing invited San Francisco-based sculptor Ann Weber to work with students to create a large-scale sculpture for the Beijing Global Initiatives Network Conference sponsored by the school. During her month-long residency, Weber and students in grades K–12 created a 22-foot collaborative sculpture entitled The Ripple Effect, that addresses the theme of water in today’s China.