California artist Ann Weber transforms the ordinary medium of cardboard, PVC and polyurethane into impressive large-scale sculptures reminiscent of pods, gourds, and organic spires.
Ann started working with PVC and cardboard in 1991. These materials allow her to make monumental, yet lightweight, forms, and eliminate the cumbersome process of clay. Frank Gehry’s cardboard furniture were her initial inspiration. Her abstract sculptures read as metaphors for life experiences, such as the balancing acts that define our lives. “How far can I build this before it collapses?” is a question on her mind as she works. Ultimately her interest is in expanding the possibilities of making beauty from common materials as PVC and polyurethane.
The sculptures have the appearance of large baskets woven into monumental forms with a rich patina created from layers of shellac applied to the surface. Visitors walk among and through the towering shapes, some over five metres tall, in an oversized wonderland of contoured forms.
Ann Weber’s large sculptures made from woven strips of PVC, and cardboard, synthesise ancient and modern, craft and high art. The artist 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.