Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: Psycho Cycle
Media: Installation with Ceramics, Photographs, Plastic, String and Paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
Jane Weibel is an undergraduate student in the School of Art’s Ceramics Program at CSULB. She is currently in her last semester and then she will be receiving a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts option in Ceramics degree. Before coming to CSULB, she attended San Diego Mesa College in San Diego. She explored many career paths before she decided she wanted to pursue a degree in Ceramics. Weibel didn’t start off in the arts, she was studying nutrition before she moved to the arts.
Weibel’s exhibition, Psycho Cycle is an installation with ceramics, photographs, plastic, string and paper. It consists of many pieces and my favorite one, was the colorful squared cage made out of plastic. The cage was a cubic shape and consisted of many different abstract items. Another piece was a picture of legs in between a rock and flames, as well as another, which was a pile of colorful shredded paper. Also, there were other pieces containing several rocks made out of ceramics and containing images of body parts. This exhibition was very interesting because it was huge, but everything tied into each other.
Weibel is a feminist, so, of course, her piece had to revolve around the concept. When it comes to females, she believes they don’t have the equality compared to males. The cage reflected the fact that in this society, women feel trapped because of these standards, and the way they label us based on actions. These stereotypes “trap” women and feel that it’s harder for them to break free. She depicts an even deeper message with the material of the cage; plastic. Plastic is cheap, and it portrayed the fact that women as treated as though they are “cheap.” The shredded paper portrayed how we erase women’s identities. It consisted of shredded images. In today’s society, they expect so much from women, but in reality it is almost impossible for us to meet all of those standards. They expect us to have the perfect body, and just be perfect in every aspect. The legs under the rock and over the fire, illustrate how no matter which route we chose, either to conform to the standards of being “perfect” or not, we end up hurting ourselves regardless and we technically have no way out.
Psycho Cycle really spoke to me in a deeper way than I actually thought. I thought the piece was something more soothing, more happy due to the colors it consisted of but I was clearly wrong. As someone who previously suffered from an eating disorder, I really connected with it and it gave me a more relaxed feeling because I know I’m not the only one that was going through these sorts of things. Something that really helped me get through my eating disorder was the song “Crooked Smile” by J. Cole, and I happened to be listening to it while I was going through the exhibit. “Killing yourself to find a man that’ll kill for you”, and it literally was what I was doing. This was by far, my favorite one out of the three we have done so far!