Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: Psycho Cycle
Media: Ceramics/ Sculpture/ Photography
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
Jane is a recent 2016 CSULB graduate where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics, and is currently taking on the grad-school application process with hopes on pursuing her higher education at UCLA. When it comes to hobbies, Jane enjoys going to escape room and indulging in Filipino food, and while on the topic, it is notable to mention that this culture has played a particular role in her upbringing seeing as she is half Filipino. She was first introduced to ceramics through a class she took, and later found it to be a passion of hers.
The first thing that catches your eye when coming face to face with the exhibit are the vibrant colors used throughout all the pieces. One piece in particular, towering over both the other pieces and the viewers, attracts the most attention because of its size and use of vibrant colors. It is basically a giant cage, made up of numerous pieces of square-shaped plastic, and at the top you can see that it is being held up with the help of strings attached 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 sanwhiched position between a representative flame below it, and a handing rock above it. There are various other pieces that give the sensation of women being “crushed” under rocks, as well as a photographic set depicting a sort of time-lapse of women picking up rocks.
Jane revealed that her use of rocks throughout her exhibit was meant to represent the weight women carry around with them, that weight being societie’s expectations for how women should behave, dress, speak, and pretty much any other cultural boundary the viewer may think of when picturing the norms women are expected to live by. The eye-catching cage is there to remind of us the figurative enclosure women are kept in in order to make sure they don’t out-step their boundaries. The cage is made up of plastic mass- produced objects that can be perhaps found all throughout the country, if not the world, just as societies expectations of domestic behavior and a more passive character can be found through different cultures and societies. When asked about what specific boundaries these may be, Jane simply put it as being up to the viewer to decide that, as she considers it open for interpretation by each viewer.
I found Jane Weibel’s “Psycho Cycle,” exhibit to be very thought provoking because just as the exhibition looked at the ideas of how women feel enclosed in expectations of what they should be, I felt as though I could definitely identify with this idea. We 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.