Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: Psycho Cycle
Media: Ceramics, photographs, paper, paint
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
This week’s visit to the CSULB art galleries, I met the artist Jane Weibel who currently is on her last semester at CSULB, and it is going to receive her BFA Ceramics from the School of Arts. She is originally from San Diego, and attended San Diego Mesa College. When she first started school at CSULB she was originally a biology major. Like many college students she had explored different career paths eventually finding what she wanted to do and majoring in ceramics.
In the exhibition Psycho Cycle, there are different installations using a variety of materials from photos, plastic, shredded paper, ceramics, and strings. There is piece that there is a big pile of colorful shredded paper. You also see many ceramic rocks with either a picture of a women tied around the rock as well as other photos under the other rocks. In each photo you notice that the face of the women is not showing. There was also a big huge cube or big cage that was part of the exhibit, that was made up of what seemed like baskets. There were different pieces that varied in sizes and they were all different colors. There was a lot of bright colors that was present throughout each piece.
Jane Weibel discussed how this was her first big project, and she wanted to showcase how women are not treated equally to men. She stated how she is a feminist and it is clearly shown throughout her exhibit. For the piece that looked like a big cage, she stated it was to represent how women are always boxed, or imprisoned and are not able to be free with what they want to do. Women are stereotyped, not being able to break free from this box that society puts them in. Also with the pictures where they show women carrying rocks or pictures of them under rocks was to showcase how women carry a big load on them as to being able to live in this society where men are given higher power.
When first stepping into the exhibit, I enjoyed seeing the bright colors all around and the big art pieces. At first I did not understand what was going on, but did see that there were many pictures of women and their face was not shown. When reading the description on the exhibit, and seeing how explains she is a feminist and it represented the struggles women go through in society it made perfect sense. Being able to speak with the artist and for her to explain her process of doing each piece and what they represent made me enjoy the exhibit more and more. I myself consider myself a feminist as well, and I am glad she was able to put this all together in a great way. The exhibit really showcases