Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: Psycho Cycle
Media: Clay, paper, photo, plastic, underglaze
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
Jane Weibel is an undergraduate student in the ceramics department at CSULB. She is originally from San Diego and this is her last semester. Jane first started as a bio major but later changed to massage therapy, nutrition and finally to ceramics. While it took some jumping around in majors, she finally decided ceramics was most important to her and that it was what she wanted to do with her life. Weibel is a feminist and displays it in her exhibit, however she chooses to keep this information to herself. While being a feminist is something very important to her, she does not want to force her beliefs on anyone and chooses to keep it to herself. Only some of her closest friends know about her beliefs.
This piece has many different elements that come together to deliver a similar message. There are many ceramic boulders throughout the exhibit which are very colorful and have different bumpy textures. There is also a giant cage made of plastic that is very large and colorful. Also along with each ceramic pieces, there are pictures of women. In every picture there are no faces displayed. In one section of the exhibit there is a pile of colorful shredded paper in a large mound. Each of the displays are placed around the exhibit to give each part it’s own space.
All of her pieces have specific messages which connect back to her ideas of feminism. For example, one of her pieces in the corner of the room is a giant plastic cage. This represents the feeling of being trapped and not being able to fully be comfortable and free. It emphasizes the need of freedom that women deserve. Another part of her exhibit is a mound of colorful shredded paper. This represents a cleansing feeling of someone’s identity; that you should be able to shred away your identity and become raw and true to yourself. You should not have to be forced to hide behind anything. One last part of her exhibit is a picture of a women between a fire and a boulder. This represents the situations women are put in when they are “stuck between a rock and a hard place”. It really emphasizes how many times women are not given many good opportunities. Overall this exhibit gives various perspectives a feminist may have on certain subjects surrounding the many obstacles women face in their lives.
I enjoyed this exhibit a lot because it had a lot of vibrant colors which kept it interesting. There were also many different pieces within the exhibit. The wide variety of color, substance, and messages really makes the viewer take their time with each piece. Every piece has a certain message relating to a particular issue women face. In the end, every piece plays an important role in displaying Weibel’s thoughts as a feminist.