Jane Weibel is an undergraduate student at California State University, Long Beach who will graduate this semester. She plans on receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics. Weibel is looking forward to go to graduate school, as she has her mind set on UCLA as one of her top schools. She she is not sure of what exactly she will do with her degree, she just knows she wants to continue to be an artist. As of right now, having a specific plan set is something she will leave for later.
Weibel’s main focus is ceramics. For this exhibition, titled “Psycho Cycle,” the media she used the most was ceramics and photography, along with the use of plastics and metals. As I stepped into the gallery, I was astonished by various pieces presented. The first one I encountered was a rock, made out of ceramics, laid on top of a photograph of women’s hands—as if the women were lifting the rock. The second piece of artwork that caught my attention was a fire made out of ceramics, where on top was another photograph of women and on top of that was another huge rock. This is a representation of being trapped between two different obstacles, where upon neither of them are easier than the other, as told by Weibel. There was also a piece of stacked, blue cylinders on top of another photograph. Another had a compilation of photographs of various women trying to lift a huge rock. Weibel also had a pile of colorful, shredded paper, which she explains represents how women are hidden from their true identity in order to fit into today’s society. Another piece had a photograph a woman in a dress strapped to a rock. This was a representation of women being told to look a certain way in order to appeal to today’s absurd beauty standards. The biggest piece of artwork in Weibel’s exhibition was the cage made out of colorful, plastic domestic items that women use on a day to day basis, like place mats.
Overall, Weibel describes this exhibition as a way to let herself be known as a ‘feminist.’ As stated on the paper on one of the walls inside the gallery, Weibel wrote the following: “I am a Feminist. I’ve never made this public proclamation, but there it is. I hesitate to advertise this interminably stigmatized label and instead remain relatively quiet about my grievances.” Jane Weibel admits that she is a very quiet person; she doesn’t like confrontations. Thus, this exhibition served as a way to express on how she feels about the issues women have dealt with in the past and in the present. Women have and still deal with so many endless issues society has thrown at them, like being spoken over, objectified, stereotyped, belittled, shamed, repressed, manipulated, ignored, and so much more.
Jane Weibel’s “Psycho Cycle” has to be my favorite exhibition by far. I consider myself a feminist, so I understood her message in all of her artworks. I hope to see the day women of every race, ethnicity, sexuality, etc., get treated and seen as equal to men. In today’s society, in almost every country around the world (if not, every country), women are struggling to make a good living, struggling to be proud of their identity, to be content with themselves—to be in love with who they really are. Therefore, I hope this exhibition has made Jane Weibel’s audience aware of women’s struggles today.