Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: Psycho Cycle
Media: Installation, Ceramics
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
CSULB undergraduate, Jane Weibel, is working toward her BFA degree in the school of Art’s Ceramics program. For Jane, art was never the primary choice, for she dabbled in studying biology, then massage therapy, and even nutrition before she set her mind on ceramics. She is currently on her last semester at CSULB and has the goal of attending graduate school at UCLA. However, before CSULB and the thought of UCLA, she had attended San Diego Mesa college in her hometown of San Diego.
The exhibition, Psycho Cycle, is a more colorful one amongst most. A multitude of bright, vibrant colors covered almost every piece in her art installation. The cage, zip-tied together by a variety of square-shaped plastics, was the biggest of the pieces. A pile of shredded paper scaled the side of a wall, while pieces of smooth-like ceramic rocks and tubes, as well as photographs were place throughout the gallery’s floor.
Every piece in Jane’s exhibition is a representation of how many women feel in today’s society. Society stereotypes women as submissive, nurturing, feminine, and weak which can all be tiring for women to deal with on a daily basis. Thus, the thought process behind the cage is to showcase how women can sometimes feel boxed in or trapped by the stereotypes put upon them. The ceramic rocks and tubes that are placed with the photographs play a major role in depicting not only the weight of expectations that women must carry around, but also the overwhelming feeling of when those expectations become unbearable. The shredded paper symbolizes the shredding of identity, for there is a point when those stereotypes and expectations make women feel like they cannot freely and truly be themselves.
If there is anything to take from Jane’s exhibition, it is that women like myself need to stay strong despite society’s biased views on women. I believe how she focused on the emotional aspect of how society is making women feel is powerful, because feelings like that are not easy to come out and say to the general public. They are personal feelings that many women feel every single day and Jane does a brilliant job in executing the right message through her art to show that. It is important that artist like Jane and every day people, both men and women, continue to support the feminist movement.