works and conversation

A Conversation with Ann Weber: Enough, Not Enough

October 2017

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)

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Ann Weber in Rome


At the American Academy in Rome, filmmaker, Nick Heller, followed Visiting Artist, Ann Weber on her daily rounds, scavenging cardboard boxes out of dumpsters, collecting ideas from architectural details and Bernini sculptures and creating sculpture in her studio.

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


Ann Weber was invited by the International School of Beijing to create a monumental sculpture with students, addressing the theme of water in China. Watch as this sculpture is created in 4 minutes! The work was exhibited at Shenshi Sky Gallery at 798 Art Zone.

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.

Tag along with artist Ann Weber as she dumpster dives for cardboard and transforms it into monumental sculptures Original air date: April 2003. For more information, go to: