Ann Weber, this month's artist in residence at San Francisco's de Young Museum, makes gigantic, fantastical sculptures with nothing more than some salvaged cardboard, shellac, and a stapler.Weber is not saving the world, and she makes no grand statements about the value/significance of using salvaged materials in her art, but we like the image of this woman hunting around the trash bins in Emeryville, Ca looking for her next piece of inspiration (rather than cruising the aisles of her local Michael's).
The idea to use cardboard came out of necessity. In a profile of the artist in the San Francisco Chronicle, she says: "I had just moved into a large studio in East Oakland and there was not much money for anything," Weber said. "I started looking at the piles of boxes I had used in the move and thought, 'I will make art out of cardboard.' "
The sculpture is out of this world. The soft, organic shapes look like something from another planet entirely—they defy gravity. We're totally intrigued, and plan to check out her installation before it's too late.
See more of Weber's sculptures at her website.
Image: Lacy Atkins / The Chronicle