Artist Name: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: Pscyho Cycle
Gallery: School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
Jane Weibel is a 31-year-old undergrad pursuing her BFA in Ceramics. She is native to San Diego, CA; and prior to attending CSULB, she had attended San Diego Mason College where she had majored in Biology only until she was inspired to pursue her career in Art. She hopes to be attending UCLA for her graduate degree. She believes the L.A. environment would be an opportunity to explore the city’s art vast art scene. Aside from curating her own shows, she has also helped curate several friends with their own exhibits; she has also done some painting on the side. Jane identifies herself as a feminist and hopes that her work reflects her thoughts and beliefs on the oppression of women in society through her work.
What is noticed about Jane’s Psycho Cycle is that she focus on a lot of artificial boulders, the idea of being trapped, and struggles of women. I noticed a lot of the pieces within her exhibit were made of plastic, left over bit and pieces of everyday items, and ceramics. I noticed the use of bright, bold colors. There is a unique use of photography within the exhibit as well; all photos containing women only–no faces, however.
Jane explains that she chose the name Psycho Cycle pretty much because she liked the way it sounds. She also mentioned “psycho” was meant to be interpreted as the idea that women in society are suffering from psychotic ways of being treated in a patriarchal society. She explains that her exhibit is basically an open space that is the center of focus of how critically women can be treated. Jane has been working on Psycho Cycle all of summer 2016; she has also broken down her choices of what pieces to add to the exhibit by cutting out the most important things she felt she had to say. She began the process of her creation with very monotonous tasks from shredding paper to sitting staring at walls doing nothing. The entire exhibit was funded out of her own pocket. Jane says everything within the show is meant to be more of a gesture and how it relates to being a woman. She explains one of her pieces which contained shredded paper in a pile about 3 feet high as an open interpretation while she believes each piece of shredded paper can be tied to women, gender identity, race, etc. The boulders were meant to represent the weight and burdens of women as they are forced to carry that burden–“picking up that rock”–and making it through a society that weighs us down.
In all honesty, my first impression of Psycho Cycle was that I had no idea what anything really meant or how to interpret each piece. Each piece was very unique. I noticed the use of recyclable material, ceramics, and photography. Once Jane was able to explain most of what everything in the exhibit meant, I was able to view each piece and put together a meaning. Jane’s interpretation of each piece had a much deeper meaning than I was guessing, but her views of the constrictions of women are a heavy burden to carry and sometimes can often be a lose-lose situation. It was just really interesting to see how she formed those interpretations into the pieces she chose to display. For example, the colorful, plastic cage which she interpreted as culture leaves women in a box as we are stereotyped–no one allowed in or out. The use of visual language was pretty interesting to try to interpret even in my own way.