Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: “I am a Feminist”
Media: Ceramics, Photography, Plastic, Paper
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East
For my fifth week of Art-110, I got to meet Jane Weibel at the Max L. Gatov Gallery East. Jane is currently on her last semester at CSULB. She is looking forward into graduating with her BFA in ceramics this end of semester. Jane is from San Diego California. Although Jane loves the Ceramics program at CSULB, it took her time to decide that was what she wanted to do. She went from studying Biology, to nutrition, until she finally decided art in the form of ceramics was what she wanted to do.
Jane’s gallery consisted of ceramic, photography prints, plastic, and paper. She made boulders out of ceramic where she had photography prints of people attached to them. Some were attached to boulders, while other pictures were in between what seemed to be fire or smashed by other boulders. Her next art piece was made up of tons of shredded colored paper. The paper was shredded in thin pieces all adding up to create a decently big colorful mountain of shredded paper. The last piece to catch my attention from her artwork was the plastic cage. The cage was square and edgy with different pieces of plastic pieces, and all of different colors all around.
Jane’s gallery is titled “I am a Feminist”, which pretty much speaks for itself. The gallery is about the way women are treated in our society. Each piece of work portrays different concepts of her beliefs. The shredded pile portrays shredding identity she says. Which is like being erased from society and from what has happened. The cage she made represents imprisonment, somebody that can’t escape. This piece mainly represents how women are trapped inside stereotypes from society. Lastly the boulders represent the heavy expectations brought on women. Another thing about Jane’s gallery is the amount of color and the way she makes the women in the pictures anonymous. When asked she said the color does not really represent anything, that was just her choice, but she said she makes the people anonymous by only showing images from their neck down, to not focus on anybody specifically.
Looking at Jane’s gallery was pretty interesting and enjoyable in my opinion. It makes you think more about how hard women have it in society. The stuff she created from the boulders to the pile of papers, to the cage were amazing, and self explaining. It makes me feel more aware of how much easier us men have it then women, and what the stereotypes we as a society make, affect our women negatively.