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Magazine article Sculpture

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SAN ANTONIO

Doerte Weber

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Doerte Weber grew up in a country divided by a wall. Born in West Germany, she attended university in Berlin (1979-83). To visit her boyfriend in West Germany on the weekends, however, she had to travel through East Germany. Each time Weber crossed the border, she was overcome with emotion as she confronted the formidable wall erected inside a single country, complete with barbed wire and armed guards. She has many stories of her fractured country, including the terror precipitated by a mundane episode of car trouble in East Germany. Since moving to South Texas, she has again experienced first-hand the problems born of division. In contrast to the Berlin Wall, the border fences she references in works such as Checkpoint are not as scary; at least they have nature peeking through them.

During a residency at the Horlock House in Navasota, Texas, Weber released her fears, fury, and frustration by using a traditional loom to weave 7,000 locally collected newspaper bags into seven 17-foot-high panels that emulate part of the U. …

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