Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: I am a Feminist
Media: Ceramics, Pictures, Installation, Paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
In this weeks artist conversation I was able to meet Jane Weibel in the Gatov Gallery East where she had her exhibition displayed. Jane Weibel is an undergraduate student at CSULB attending the Ceramics School of Art working towards her Bachelors of Fine Arts. It is Jane’s last semester at CSULB to finish her BFA and plans to apply to UCLA for graduate school. Jane chose Ceramics for her art major because it is a wonderful cheap material to use and she is familiar working with. One of Jane’s hobbies is escape rooms in which she was invited by a friend and really enjoyed the experience.
Jane’s exhibition had many colorful pieces to her art exhibition in the Gatov Gallery East. When first walking in and looking to the left near the wall there was a pile of shredded paper that had blues, greens, reds, yellows, and many other colors in it. Next to the pile of shredded paper she had pictures of women holding onto large human sized eggs with yellow sticks coming out of the ground. Next to the pictures there was a large cage made out of colorful plastics that looked like cut up baskets. Jane also had a set of grey pipes stacked up to look like a tower and she also had a rock with plastic wires coming out of the rock with reflectors. There was also a large rock on top of a panoramic picture with hands giving the impression that the hands are carrying the large rock.
Jane’s exhibition is trying to bring to light the struggle women face everyday in their lives. The cage represents a cage that touches a lot of what it is and what it represents. It represents being domesticated and being able to mass produce objects. The pictures of women carrying the large eggs represents what women go through in conforming what society wants them to be. Society wants women to behave and look a certain way and to be able to be stepped on and forgotten. The image of the women holding up the large rock represents the heavy burdens women endure and society and can not escape it. All in all I feel that Jane wants to let everyone know what women have to struggle with in life. Jane’s can be a good thing because it can gain women equality in every aspect of life.
When I first walked in, the first thing I noticed was the colorful pieces of art in the whole exhibition. It was very creative and I liked the cage, the shredded paper, and the pipes all linked together with other art pieces. After I read her description I noticed how clever her message in the art was. I agree with her message that women should not be overlooked and cut short of what they bring. I personally feel that it is time that women should be treated equally in every aspect of life starting with employers. It is just not fair that women are payed less for the same exact work a man would do. These are pieces cleverly show how women are being suffocated by society and its norms and it is time to change. Society and times are not the same as it used to be and people should adapt with the times we live in.