Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: Psycho Cycle
Media: Paper, Ceramics
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
About the artist
Jane Weibel is currently a student at the California State University of Long Beach. Originally from San Diego, Jane is in her last year at Long Beach. She is in the School of Art’s Ceramics Program, which is one of the best undergraduate programs for that specific major. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts and is very grateful for the program supplying her with all the equipment she needs. Jane was not always an art major though. At first, Jane had wanted to go through college as a biology major. After that, she wanted to get into massage therapy and even studied nutrition. As a kid though, Jane was always around art and she liked it a lot. She decided to change her major last minute so she could pursue a career within art.
Jane’s gallery is called Psycho Cycle and it is composed of many different things. There are lots of ceramic rocks and pictures of women. None of the pictures have faces of the women though. To one side of the room, there is a pile of colorful shredded paper. There is also a work with a piece of paper in between a rock and fire. There is a photo of a woman tied to a pillow and a ceramic rock. Some of the ceramic rocks are also on top of the pictures of women. There are 24 pictures of 4 different women lifting up rocks next to what appear to be bamboo sticks. Probably the most interesting piece of the exhibit is the cage towards a corner. The cage seems to be made of many things, with a lot of color. A lot of the ceramic rocks look very real, and seem to be painted with lots of detail. A lot of rope is used to tie pictures and other things together as well.
Psycho Cycle was Jane’s first way of showing the world that she was a feminist. Throughout this gallery, Jane wanted to show the world how she feels women are treated. Jane wanted her pieces to represent the idea of women being overlooked, the cultural weight on women, and institutional sexism. Her cage represents women who are imprisoned. It represents the broad issue of women feeling like they are boxed in and stereotyped. For some women, it is very hard to break out of those views and they may feel trapped. The shredded paper represents a woman’s identity being shredded. It represents women being erased or looked over in the real world. The fire and rock symbolizes how women are trapped between two hard places. They can ultimately escape, but both directions end up being difficult. It almost represents a feeling of being alienated. Jane wanted to show people through her gallery how women in our world feel spoken over, objectified, dismissed, stereotyped, and not important in general.
Walking through Jane’s gallery was a very fun experience. Her ceramics and artworks were very interesting and appealing to the eye. I found myself walking through her gallery multiple times even though I had already been in there before. The message behind her art was also very meaningful, and it was a very good way to show the world her views on a certain issue. Although I would not consider myself a feminist, I do agree with her on the fact that not everyone in the world is equal. It does not have to be women, but it could be people of other races or minorities within our own community. With a lot of problems in the world, I feel that some people take the wrong approach to voicing their own opinions. Jane, however, does a very beautiful job in expressing her feelings through amazing artwork, and that is very commendable.
Jane Weibel and some pieces of her gallery, Psycho Cycle.