Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: Psycho Cycle
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist: Jane is currently enrolled in her last semester at California State University, Long Beach. She looks forward to graduating this fall with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics. She plans on applying to UCLA to complete the graduate program there. The reason why she chose UCLA as one of her top choices for graduate school was because of the location and connections she would gain since she wants to be an artist based in LA. She expressed the reason she got into ceramics was through a simple class and realized how beautiful it was. She began ceramics just as a functional practice and eventually got into a more sculptural practice later on. She explained how she really appreciates that the material used to make ceramics is so cheap but yet can create something so beautiful. She also says how its so fragile but the message behind it can be so strong. Jane is a feminist and believes in objecting to the false labels society puts on women. She described to me that most of her art pieces are of her sending out messages and expressing her feelings toward society and women.
Formal Analysis: My first impression from looking at the gallery was that it was very bright and colorful. The pieces each looked so unique and different with photos of women carrying rocks. Each piece was so different which varied from a cage to shredded paper in a corner to a photo of hands carrying a rock. The photos of the women did not show their faces but by looking at their body form and how they were carrying the rocks gave me the idea that they were tired and burdened by something. As I read the message of the gallery it all made sense that these were women in general and the rocks were society’s expectations of us.
Content Analysis: Jane explained that each piece was a different assumption that people make on women. As for the rocks the message behind these were that these are sort of burdens that are taken on by women. It expresses all the weight we have to carry on our shoulders 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 (ex: destroying evidence). So in this case she saw it as society destroying an identity to make something they would see as perfect. Jane chose the gallery name “Psycho Cycle” because of the neurosis of having to deal with burdens society puts on a person.
Synthesis/My Experience: My personal experience going through this gallery was just how relatable it was. I agreed completely with Jane and her purpose of making this gallery, it all made sense. It really is hard growing up in a society where all eyes are on you watching every move and just waiting for you to mess up. We are expected to be people we are not because some things we may like or do are not lady like but at the same time are stressed to always remain true to yourself. Which one is it? I believe it is extremely important that this message is spread out to women and especially young girls. This gallery definitely will bring self confidence to women everywhere.