Exhibition Information :
Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: Psycho Cycle
Media: Ceramics, Photos
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East
About the Artists :
Jane Weibel is currently a senior at CSULB. She is a student in the School of Art’s Ceramics Program and is working towards her BFA. She has been doing ceramics for five years. She loves ceramics because she thinks it is amazing how it is so fragile yet strong at the same time. Another reason she loves ceramics is because she thinks it’s wonderful, familiar and usually needs cheap material. She clearly states that she is a feminist and uses her passion and anger to make awesome pieces.
Formal Analysis :
The medias Jane used were ceramics and photos. Her art pieces that she made and painted really look as if they were real rocks. Although the topic of her exhibition was to show people how much women carry a weight on their shoulders, it was actually rather colorful and cheerful inside. I felt like her use of colors emphasizes the fact that not many people actually realize the burden women feel inside. I think Jane is trying to show that no matter how happy or relaxed they feel on the outside, they will always have that stress building up inside them.
Content Analysis :
In this exhibition, Jane wanted to show people women are treated in today’s society. She wanted to show people how much weight is put on women and how they can’t escape it. She shows this in her art piece with a picture of a women in between a rock and fire. Jane states that our culture is conditioned to think in one way. For example, society judges a women on how they should present themselves and behave. This idea is so built into our society that women and even little girls think that they have to look a certain way such as being skinny and beautiful. Jane emphasizes on the toll it takes on women as they carry this weight and burden their entire lives. Jane talked about her experiences at Home Depot. She said that whenever she shopped at Home Depot, there is always an assumption that she doesn’t know what she is doing.
Synthesis / My Experience :
When I walked into this gallery, I did not expect it to be straightforward. Jane clearly showed her anger towards those who objectify women through her art pieces. I have to admit that I was shocked at first. She definitely got her message across. This exhibition was unique and way different than the others I saw. It was interesting to have a change of different art styles.