Pittsburgh Artist Registry

Annie Weidman

Annie Weidman

Artistic Category Artist
Career Level Emerging
Experienced With

Artist Statement

My work challenges viewers to consider our world of disposable, man-made materials and their relationship to the natural and the timeless. I use precisely-cut pieces of discarded food boxes to create art that at first glance appears of traditional design and craftsmanship, but that upon closer inspection exposes a surprising beauty and utility in the color and texture of what we throw away.

My earliest works incorporate traditional images from carpets and mosaics. This series was partly inspired by my 2016 trip to India. There, I visited studios where artisans toiled for months and years on sublime silk carpets and marble inlay pieces, while outside on sidewalks, people ate and slept amid teeming piles of trash. This series imagines the clash of creating exquisite, painstaking treasures from what has been tossed to the gutter. 

My more recent figurative pieces are inspired from images in medieval illuminated manuscripts—expressions of enduring faith—but now assembled from the remnants of consumerist clutter. Works based on Renaissance paintings and other traditional subjects contrast the timelessness of nature with the ephemera of man-made material.

The small pieces are from an ongoing series of natural objects. The “Bad but Beautiful” series depicts invasive insects that threaten our forests and agriculture. The “Pod Portraits” are of seeds and seedpods of the trees around us, encouraging a closer look at promises of longevity.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15217
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  • Cut paper
  • Craft
  • Textile
  • Found object


  • Cardboard
  • Collage
  • Cut Paper
  • Mosaic
  • Paper
  • Recycling /green
  • Traditional