Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: Psycho Cycle
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist: Jane is enrolled in her last semester at California State University, Long Beach. Shes really excited to graduate this fall with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics. She’s hopping on getting accepted to UCLA to complete the graduate program there. She wants to go to UCLA because of the location/ connections she would gain since she wants to be a well known artist in LA. Ceramics was first just a functional practice and eventually got into a more sculptural practice later on. She really appreciates that the material used to make ceramics, low cost but yet can create something so beautiful. She also says how its so fragile but the message behind it can be so strong. She described that most of her art pieces are of her expressing her feelings toward society and women, and trying to paint an image in the viewers mind.
Formal Analysis: The first thing that you see in her exhibit are the vibrant colors used throughout all the pieces. One particular piece much taller than both the other pieces and the viewers, attracts the most attention because of its grand size and use of vibrant colors. It is a giant cage, made up of alot of pieces of square, and at the top you can see that it is being held up with the help of strings connected to the ceiling. Around the room, you can also see various pictures of women interacting with ceramic rock sculptures in different ways throughout the exhibit. In one, there is a picture of two women placed in a together position between a flame below it, and a handing rock above it. That one also caught my eye heavily!
Content Analysis: Jane said each art piece was just a different representation of the way society view women. The rocks, the message behind these were that these are sort of burdens that are taken on by women. It expresses all the weight women must carry, having people expect so much out of a woman on how they should behave, talk, look, and to be a certain person they are not. She also had a stack of shredded paper in a corner which had the real message of the purpose of a shredder. So in this case she saw it as society destroying an identity to make something they would see as perfect.
My Experience:Jane Weibel’s “Psycho Cycle,” was awesome, it really go me thinking hard of the messages she tried to put in her art, and how well of a job she did. Women are constantly being told by the media that we should act a certain way, that we should behave a certain way, and that we should expect to be treated a certain way depending on whether or not we fit these requirements to exist as a woman it today’s society. The fact that this exhibit is something that numerous women can identify with only goes to show just how real these expectations are, and how they play a role in our daily lives. Wow loved it! great job Jane! looking forward too see what you do next.