Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: Psycho Cycle- I am a Feminist
Gallery: Max Gatov Gallery East
Media: Ceramics, Photography, and Plastics
About the Artist:
Jane Weibel is an undergraduate student at Cal State Long Beach seeking to receive her Bachelors in Fine Arts with a focus in ceramics. She decided to go into ceramics after taking a Ceramics class; it became a functional practice for her. Later Weibel, got into sculpture which to her felt familiar because of the idea that it is “fragile but also very strong.” In her near future Weibel sees her self applying for graduate school and the University of California, Los Angeles. She’s looking into UCLA because as she described, if you want to be an artist Los Angeles is the place to be. Weibel argued that it’s because there are so many galleries in LA that your work can be displayed in. However, Weibel isn’t all about ceramics and school, for fun she likes to go to escape rooms which a bunch of art friends. So far she has been to 8 and has only gotten out of one, which she was unable to escape. Because of interest of escapes rooms she believes by the motto, “Just go for it.” Her favorite food is Filipino food given that she is half Filipino.
When walking into Jane’s exhibition, one’s eye is immediately captured by the size of her displays, which are huge. Different items are made of different things there some are photographs, paper or ceramics. The texture of every item varied but they were all mostly bright and colorful.
“Is there every not a time?” Jane’s exhibition was about her feminist viewpoints. Throughout her exhibition she really hoped to allow the audience to explore the burdens that society puts on women. Ideally, each piece in her exhibition represented the heavy weight women have over themselves because of these burdens. The burdens she describes as the expectations society has over the way women should behave and look. Basically, women have to deal with all these “micro regressions” of our current culture since they are born. Although, Jane said a lot of her pieces were open to interpretation, she described what a couple meant. She said the cage represents women’s feelings of what there function in society is. The cage itself is made of cheap domestic items to show the element of globalization, and commodity that our particular culture is holds over women. The piece where the fire under and a rock over the image of women’s legs represented the idea that women cannot escape the burden’s of society. The shredded paper in her exhibition represented the destruction of evidence or rather a gesture of how the micro regressions of women are hidden from directly being seem. Felix Gonzalez-Torres inspired her idea of the shredded paper.
Synthesis/ My experience
I thought Jane’s exhibition was new. New not that I thought it was bad because it was definitely eye catching and eye opening but it introduced a new concept to me which was feminism. It really made me reflect on myself as a woman and how I judge myself because of the expectation that society has on the way I should look. The piece that really stood out to me was the piece where a woman’s waist was tied to a rock very tightly. To me it shed a light on the basic idea on how women are supposed to have an hourglass figure. The hourglass figure that makes me feel insure because I do not have it. The same hour glass figure that sometimes make me feel that I am not worthy enough or sometimes not sexy enough for my boyfriend.