Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: Psycho Cycle
Media: Ceramics, Mixed Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov-East Gallery
Instagram: @janemargarette Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Artist
Jane Weibel is an undergrad senior student at the CSULB working on her BFA in the School of Art’s Ceramics program and this is her senior show. Jane started at San Diego Mesa College and studied a variety of majors, but eventually came to art. She began with ceramics from taking a class and then practicing with a more sculptural aspect. She has been working with ceramics for about five years now. Jane stuck with ceramics because it is wonderful, cheap material and she believe you can make anything you want as long as you know how to and can do it right. She hopes to attend grad school at UCLA because of their great art program. Jane is a hard advocate for feminism and uses it to fuel the inspiration behind her work.
My first impression of Jane’s gallery is that is was very colorful. When you look closer at each piece, you notice that the main subject of this gallery is about feminism and the message that Jane is trying to get across to the audience contrasts with the bright and colorful gallery. In the gallery, there are many pieces where there is a photograph of a woman or women with big and heavy rocks on top of them. There is also a huge cage on one side of the gallery that resembles quilt. At first, I thought it was something that you could walk inside and see it from both perspectives and was just slightly disappointed it wasn’t. It seems like a really fragile piece though so I understand why it may not have been an option. There was also moderately big pile of pieces of shredded paper against a wall that was rainbow colored and I honestly did not know what it was supposed to represent.
The question that Jane received a lot is “What do the rocks represent?” and she answered that the rocks represented the burden or weight that a woman has to carry. In the piece with the fire, photograph, and rock hanging above it specifically, the fire represents women being set on fire and feeling like they have no escape in either directions. Jane explains that the burdens can be something seemingly minor or something heavy. She relates to this by telling us how when she goes to home depot for art supplies, she is treated differently from the men because they assume that she does not know what she is doing and thinks she needs help. It is an accumulation of these kinds of experiences that fueled microaggressions for Jane’s work. Jane wanted the cage to make the audience think of what it represents for women. What does it do and what kind of feelings are present for the women feeling like they are in the cage? The cage was created very cheaply to perhaps represent how women are treated. The thing that stuck out to me the most was when Jane said that her exhibition is simply giving women a space.
Synthesis / My Experience
My favorite aspect of this gallery is how it is so colorful and cheerful looking. I feel it is how many people often expect women to be so we hide our burdens under this facade. My favorite piece is the picture above. It is a collection of photographs of women either being brought down by their rock, which as we established before, represents a burden; or the women lifting their rock. It can be seen both positively and negatively. I like to think that these women are lifting their burdens. Even though it may be heavy, it is a struggle that we can get past. We just have to be patient and keep trying to eventually get past our burdens. Another idea that this collection of photos may represent is that these women are putting their burdens down. Perhaps these burdens do not bother them anymore and they are ready to let it go. I thoroughly enjoyed this exhibition. I am always happy seeing works inspired by feminism.