Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: Psycho Cycle
Media: Installation and Photography
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
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About the Artist
Jane Weibel is in her last semester as an undergraduate student studying towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree for the ceramics program in the California State University Of Long Beach School of Art. Jane traveled to Long Beach from San Diego where she was attending San Diego Mesa College. Although she has always been interested in art she did not fully commit to it as a major at the beginning of her college career. She has studied biology the became a massage therapist then became a nutrition major before declaring herself as a art major. Jane is a huge supporter of feminism and considers herself a feminist as well. She believes that it is easier for her to stay quiet about her beliefs because she does not want to face the criticism that is conveyed when you say you are a feminist.
Walking into the gallery you immediately become fascinated by a huge plastic “cage”. Continuing to walk throughout the gallery you see many other sculptures that are made with huge rocks, pillows, photographs, shredded paper, handmade ceramic tubes, ropes and much more. They are staggered around the gallery so that you are able to walk around all of them and fully admire all of the hard work that was put into creating these sculptures.
Jane uses her strong passion for feminism as an inspiration for her artwork. Starting with the cage, it is symbolic for how sometimes woman can feel like they are living in a cage because of the restrictions and limitations that we have on every aspect of the world. The cage is made out of common household items like wash mats and dish mats. Woman are stereotyped to be the Stay at home mother that takes care of all the cooking and cleaning while taking care of the children. Other sculptures are created on top of photographs of woman showing how woman are stepped on and talking over.
Talking to Jane really made me think just how serious the underlying message of her art really is. I was able to connect with what she was describing because of the challenges that I faced growing up as a woman. It also was very inspiring that she did not know what she wanted to do with her life at the beginning of her college career because I can agree with her on that. She has worked hard on all of her art which makes me want to work even harder. I’m excited and hopeful to see more of Jane’s art in the world because i know that she can achieve greatness.