Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: Psycho Cycle
Media: Ceramics, Instillation
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist:
Jane Weibel is an undergraduate fourth year student at Cal State University, Long Beach. Weibel is currently finishing up her last semester at CSULB in the Ceramics Program. After finishing her program at CSULB she wishes to continue her artist work in a graduate program. She has been working with ceramics for over four years. She expressed that ceramics is a cheap and affordable material that can be made into anything. During her free time she enjoys solving escape rooms throughout the Los Angeles Area.
Weibel’s exhibit had multiple ceramic pieces along with pictures, plastic, instillation, rope, and paper. All of her pieces are very colorful and tell a different story. She has been working on the pieces in her exhibit all throughout summer and brainstormed many ideas in order to execute a phenomenal exhibition. The artist focuses her pieces on feminism and conveys a story from the many different pieces. In addition, there are many different sizes of ceramic pieces she created.
Weibel’s whole exhibit was based on the ideas of feminism. She is truly moved by women after reading her written content. Her exhibit had many iconic art instillations that resembled what women are put through in society. She feels that many women are “shamed” and “cheated” and through her ceramic pieces she conveys images of unidentified woman. The artists’ expresses a powerful message that women are trapped in many “cages” and carry a lot of excess baggage (non literally) within society. In addition she states that our culture has been conditioned to follow certain gender roles and shared a brief story of how she as an artists, shops at Home Depot and many workers assume that she is ignorant in buying the products that she buys. One of her pieces displays a towering cage resembling how woman are sometimes trapped in societal norms and are sometimes to scared to break away from the norm.
I was so captivated by this art exhibit. I felt like the artist shared her beliefs on feminism in such a powerful platform. I also find that the artist has so many interesting pieces she allows viewers to interpret to their own ideas and opinions about them. I have grown to love a deep interest for instillation exhibitions and this exhibit was one of the best I have seen.