Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: Psycho Cycle
Media: Ceramics, Photographs, paint, paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
Jane Weibel is a student at Cal State Long Beach in her last semester. In the beginning, she was a Biology major but decided to change to become an art major studying in Ceramics because she decided art is what she always wanted to do. Before CSULB, she attended San Diego Mesa College because she that is where she grew up. Weibel described that the
In the Psycho Cycle, Jane Weibel, used many materials like ceramics, photographs, string and paper in order to send her message to the students. First, she made a display of a photograph of people’s feet and placed two rocks tied together on top of the photograph. She also made a collection of photographs of girls carrying a rock starting from picking it up from the floor to holding it up. She explained that the photos are all students that attend CSULB as well and they do not contain their faces because she wanted it to be people in general rather than specific people. Lastly, her project contained a big cube made of colorful shredded paper that really made it stand out from her amazing project.
The Psycho Cycle is Jane Weibel’s first big project and she explained that she feels shy about it. In the colorful cube, she used shredded paper because people use a paper shredder to shred their identity so her project is the same gesture as if someone is erased but it can be interpreted however anyone wants. The Psycho Cycle is also based on the identity of a feminist. She stated that she believes that women do not have the same rights as everyone else by getting “spoken over, objectified, dismissed, stereotyped, shamed, cheated, constrained, repressed, overpowered, manipulated, erased, ignored, and harmed.” An example is the rock tied together that is placed on top of the photo with people’s feet because it demonstrates that women are trapped and someone they are unable to break through it.
Formal Analysis/ My Experience
As soon as I walked through this gallery, I knew that I wanted to meet the artist and talk about this project. I loved the big cube of shredded paper because I love the meaning of how women are being destroyed and I believe that women’s rights are a big issue today and can impact other individuals as well.