Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: Psycho Cycle
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
Jane Weibel is a 31-year-old who is studying to achieve her BFA Degree in Ceramics. She chose working in ceramics because of a class that she took while she was in community college. She prefers ceramics because the material is cheap and allows you to build whatever you want and she really enjoys the simplicity of it because there’s so much you can do with it. Her work is based off of experiences that she goes through and she eventually turns her experiences into art pieces. After graduating, she hopes to attend graduate school at UCLA although she doesn’t have an exact idea on what path she is planning to take after her BFA.
The exhibition I examined were various pieces of arts. Each of them consisted of their own message of women being stereotyped in their own way. There isn’t a specific rhythm to this pieces of art but they do send a message that we all can eventually interpret even if we have never seen it before. It is something that could be instantly recognizable once you take a good look at it.
The exhibition consisted of 8 different pieces formed in different ways each representing her version of women being: “often spoken over, objectified, dismissed, stereotyped, shamed, cheated, constrained, repressed, overpowered, manipulated, erased, ignored, and harmed.” They’re each so unique because it shows a certain weight that women carry which is expressed through Weibel’s art. Her cage piece is one that caught my eye instantly because it was not only the biggest piece there, but it was the most powerful in my opinion. It metaphorically displayed how women are basically in a cage because they are expected to be censored whenever they are going to say something.
I was never ignorant to the situation and always acknowledged that there are inequalities between men and women. She mentioned to us that she goes to Home Depot quite often to get all the materials she needs for her projects. She says she often gets treated as if she didn’t know what she was doing and she feels insulted whenever that would occur. It was kind of like a backstory as to why she built all of this. It is a way to send out a message and send it out effectively. I think this exhibition is important because it reassures women that they are not alone in this world. Whatever they are feeling, someone else may feel the same way.