Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: Psycho Cycle
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
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Jane Weibel is part of the BFA Ceramics program at Cal State Long Beach’s School of Art. It is her last semester, but she plans on going to graduate school. She has been doing ceramics for over four years and loves it because of how cheap the material can be and how you can essentially make anything out of it. In her free time, Jane enjoys going to escape rooms throughout Los Angeles.
Jane’s exhibit was very colorful. She used a variety of materials throughout her pieces including plastic, photographs, ceramics and paper. Along with the different materials, the pieces varied in shape, sizes, and texture.
The theme of Jane Weibel’s exhibit was feminism. After reading her written statement, it became apparent as to how she felt about women’s rights. She felt that women were often, “shamed, cheated, constrained, repressed, overpowered, manipulated, erased, ignored, and harmed.” Although her viewpoints are negative, her exhibit still had bright, vibrant colors to represent joy and happiness. Although women do carry large baggage, most are still happy and smile on the outside, regardless how they may be feeling internally. Jane said that our culture is automatically conditioned to believe certain trends about females, and brought up how at Home Depot, workers assume that females don’t know what they are looking for. She has a piece including a boulder which emphasizes that women have a lot of weight and expectations put on them that they essentially are always carrying a burden.
This was definitely amongst my favorite exhibits I have visited so far. I found it extremely uplifting for Jane Weibel to dedicate her whole exhibit to feminism and to do it in such a powerful way. My favorite piece was the cage. It doesn’t have a set meaning to it, because people can interpret it however they like, but I believe it represents how women are basically trapped in a unrealistic society and cannot escape.