Artist Biography

"Creating images with photographs remains a passion for me. Today's hybrid techniques and technologies allow me to venture beyond my personal experience and investigate the stories embedded in the photographs of others, stories that marry memory and make-believe. This work is fueled by memories—a room, a familiar face, another era. Being raised in the vastness of West Texas, big skies and stillness are inherent in my images.

"Sometimes my construct is playful and light; at other times the result is dark, foreboding, and otherworldly. Whatever the mood, my deeply-felt imagery evokes the fanciful dreamscapes or cautionary tales of childhood. A constant in each image is an awareness of 'possibilities.' Rather than prescribe my own interpretation for a piece, I prefer to challenge the viewer by leaving enough space for his or her personal experience to fuse with the work, thereby offering a truly unique experience--for are we not all storytellers?"

Weiss has a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and has been an artist all of her life. Her work is found in numerous private and public collections, including the Harry Ransom Center. Chief curator, Roy Flukinger said, "Weiss's images are memorable, in part, because of their elegantly provocative surrealism, but, above all, they continue to resonate with us because of the sheer suggestions of insistent memories that they stir up in the human soul."