Wk 5 – Artist Conversation – Jane Weibel

Artist: Jane Weibel

Exhibiton: Psycho Cycle

Media: Ceramics, Photography, Paper

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov West

Website: janeweibel.com

Instagram: janemargarette

About Jane: Originally from San Diego, Jane is a senior here at Long Beach and she is currently in her last semester. She is working on her BFA in ceramics. It took her some time to realize that she wanted to major in ceramics. At first she was a bio major, then a massage therapist, nutrition, then finally landed on ceramics. She liked art as a kid, but she decided more on a whim to do art.

Formal Analysis: This exhibition was visually stimulating. There was a lot of different types of media involved in this. There were photographs of women, without their faces showing, under sculpted boulders, shredded colorful paper, a sculpted flame, and so much more. There was a huge cage to the side of the gallery composed of colorful. patterned plastic squares.

Content Analysis: Jane is a feminist and this exhibition looks into the ways women are so often marginalized. In the photographs, the women’s faces aren’t shown because they’re actual students and Jane didn’t want familiar faces to ruin the experience for some people. Faces also aren’t showing because this is exhibition isn’t about a specific person, it’s about women as a whole.

The colorful, gigantic cage is there more to think about its function: imprison or fixate. A cage shows how women are busted up and trapped and can’t seem to escape.

The colorful shredded paper. This piece isn’t about the shredded paper itself, it’s more about the shredding/ the purpose of a shredder. According to Jane, the purpose of a shredder machine is to shred important documents. Important documents include private information, like your name and identity. This piece is a representation of erasing your identity, or becoming a nobody.

This piece contains a photograph of the legs of women in between a sculpted boulder and sculpted fire. This just illustrates how women are stuck between two tough things.

My Experience: As soon as I read about this exhibition, I knew I would enjoy it. As a feminist myself, I was able to connect a little better to the artist. She also included a lot of different, colorful materials so I loved it even more. The sculpting and putting together of things was brilliant. My favorite part about this exhibition was the objects. I loved how she used the cage to represent how women are in our society. The shredded paper was probably my favorite piece because it was more about the function of the shredder machine rather than what was physically there at the exhibition. I loved this exhibition because I am also angry. Angry with how women are treated almost the same universally. Women are belittled for what? For being born the way we were? Walking through this exhibition, I felt helpless but also moved.

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