Cathy Weber grew up in the Midwestern U.S., studied at the Herron School of Art and Indiana University, and later completed a formal painting apprenticeship in Mexico City. In 1981 she moved to Dillon, Montana, where she maintains a studio in the historic downtown. Weber makes oil paintings, artist’s books, watercolors and ceramic objects. Lately, she is feeling increased urgency to make things of beauty in response to war, injustice, greed and violence. Making images of common simple objects gives her comfort and hope for weathering the human condition. Her piece for Speaking Volumes is the book “Racial Holy War” emptied of its contents, turned on its side and spilling forth images of the blood and tears that are the human cost of hatred and injustice.