Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: Psycho Cycle
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery
About the Artist
Jane Weibel, 31 years old, is an Undergraduate student at California State University, Long Beach and is working towards her BFA degree in the School of Art’s Ceramics Program. While the artist currently lives locally in Long Beach, she is from San Diego where she attended San Diego Mesa City College. However, she did not study art; in fact, she studied multiple things, all of which were completely different from art such as biology and nutrition. It wasn’t until she was realized her love for art recently when she dedicated herself to it and is now hoping to attend UCLA for graduate school.
Psycho Cycle was a ceramic project which included photos, ceramic rocks, shredded, colorful paper, and a cage made out of plastic containers. One piece of the show featured a rock placed on top of a photograph of hands and arms of several women. A second piece was another rock with a photograph, which showed a woman in a black dress, attached by a cable tie. Another piece was a three foot pile of colorful, shredded paper.
The exhibition successfully managed to send a powerful message to all of the viewers. The creativeness and uniqueness was intriguing and caused people to ask themselves questions: what does it mean? what does it represent? who is the intended audience? The answers are feminism, victims and everyone. That is the powerful message Jane hoped to bring awareness to. Through her art, we are able to see real life scenarios that anyone could encounter but we can also catch a glimpse of her own experiences. We see emotions and thoughts driving this exhibition. For example, during the interview Jane explains how her experiences at Home Depot became an influence. She says that the employees there tend to make her feel like she doesn’t belong because she is a girl. This is why, for example, the cage was created; it represents being boxed in by stereotypes or being in a bad situation in all directions and not being able to get out.
While walking through the gallery and looking at each individual piece, I knew that there would be a strong message behind it. I walked past each piece multiple times trying to form an idea of what it could’ve all meant and I just could not do it but still, I knew it had to be big. It was. I was very impressed with the creativity and design of the exhibition. It was interesting to see how it resembled real life situations, more particular Jane’s experiences. After speaking with the artist, it all made sense and I had that popular moment of realization. I realized that much of what she sees and expressed through her art is true, real and needs to be heard. It was inspiring. I learned more about what it means to be a feminist and what it entails.