Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: Psycho Cycle
Gallery: Max L. Gatov East
About the Artist:
CSULB undergraduate student Jane Weibel is working toward her BFA degree in the School of Art’s Ceramics Program. She used to attend San Diego Mesa College as a biology major, then switched to being a massage therapist, then followed her heart into the world of ceramics. This is Weibel’s last semester at Cal State Long Beach, and hopes to further her education at UCLA. After talking to her, I was able to notice that Weibel was hesitant to share her art piece with us and answer questions about her ideas. Talking about feminism is difficult to express in words, so Weibel allows her audience to visually see it through her art work.
Psycho Cycle consists of many different art pieces. Many of the pieces were made out of ceramics, different shapes, colors, and sizes. Most of the projects were shaped as rocks, fire, or tube-like objects. Other pieces were made out of plastic or paper. Some art pieces included pictures of women, everything besides their faces.
Psycho Cycle is portraying the topic of feminism. This is Weibel’s first public statement about feminism. Through her art pieces, Weibel demonstrates the challenges to live in a world of inequality. A few of her pieces illustrate different meanings. The Cage represents the feeling of being trapped. It imprisons women, and restricts them from many things. Also, it broadens the issue of a women feeling boxed. The ceramic rocks are portrayed as culture weight upon women. Women are always being overlooked. The shredded pile of paper represents the woman’s identity being shredded. A women becomes overlooked, meaningless to the world, and erased from society. Another piece had a photograph of women in between a rock and fire. This piece depicts the idea of a women feeling alienated. She has two choices: to be crushed by a rock or burned by fire. In reality, neither of those choices are actually a choice. All pieces portray different meanings, but are all relatable to one another. Each photograph is anonymous. Weibel does not photograph their faces, because she did not want to make her exhibition about the women in the photo. The only two pieces that did not have photographs were the cage and the shredded paper. Weibel thought it was interesting that many students were more attracted to those two pieces, and she knows this through the questions that were being asked of her.
Synthesis/ My Experience
Psycho Cycle attracted me just by the title. All the different objects, and colors were a plus. After talking to the artists, I found the idea of the title the most interesting. Weibel shared that she named her exhibition “Psycho Cycle” because inequality is something a women daily lives with. She likes that both words in her title are visually different looking words together. I shared with her that I really love the title, because the words are difficult to pronounce together, and it goes with her overall message. After all, it’s difficult to believe that inequality still exists today. Her project was relatable and served as a voice for women.