Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: Psycho Cycle
Media: Ceramics, Mixed Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L Gatov-Gallery
About the Artist
Jane Weibel is from San Diego, California, and is currently residing in Long Beach attending California State University, Long Beach. She transferred from San Diego Mesa College studying various majors such as Biology, Massage Therapist, and Nutrition. Jane Weibel is an undergraduate working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Ceramics program. She has been working with ceramics for 4-5 years.
Her showcasing took her a total of a day, but a span of a week. She spent about 5 hours each day, and first started working on her pieces in the Summer. The cage is a colorful cage made with domestic items. Each wall was created with things such as dishwashing mats and laundry baskets and connected using zip ties. The items were intricately placed together like a quilt. The second piece is also “quilt-like,” it is photographs of women lifting a big rock off the ground. Each women has a different pose of them lifting the rock. These photos are connected by plastic hooks. The third piece is a colorful pile of shredded paper up against the wall.
Jane Weibel loves to shop at Home Depot. The only issue is that some of the workers don’t treat her with equality with the male shoppers. They assume she doesn’t know much since she is a female. Although it’s a nice gesture of them to help her more, she doesn’t think she should get special treatment. Weibel uses various materials to demonstrate the hardships and struggles of being a woman. By using domestic items, she is relating the “The Cage” as woman who are confined, or limited to certain restrictions. The second piece shows empowerment in women. Each photograph shows how each woman are lifting the rock in a certain pose. She is showing how all women have their own struggles, and they cope with it in a different way (as each woman has a different pose). The third piece is shredded paper. Shredded paper indicates the destroying of identity or information for women.
When I first walked in, I immediately noticed the vibrant colors from each piece and the cool air. I was immediately drawn towards the cage because of its massive size and vibrant colors. Then I saw pile of shredded paper, which I thought was interesting how it was placed up against the wall rather than in the middle of the room like everything else. I really liked this showcasing because I am a fan of using inexpensive, everyday materials and creating something out of that. It was fun to look at and I can tell it was just as fun to create since she mentioned that she started some of her work during the summer