Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: I am a Feminist
Media: BFA Ceramics, Digital Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
For this week’s artist conversation, I had the pleasure of meeting Jane Weibel. It was her last semester as a CSULB senior and she had worked on the project for about three to four months to get everything set. She is from San Diego and she has a big fondness of working with ceramics and digital media for her artwork. She’s always loved art as a kid and she used to be a massage therapist. She just wanted to become an art major and do what she enjoyed because she believes that doing what one loves is the most gratifying thing to do because it helps a person on the inside as well as bring a smile to their face on the outside.
A lot of people don’t have a big platform in order to display their work so she feels very grateful to have the opportunity to display her work. She doesn’t go around flaunting her work as she believes a very humble approach will bring people in naturally. She does not photograph any faces because she knows that the audience comes from all sorts of cultures and backgrounds and so she wanted to talk about people as a whole instead of highlighting one type of group. She mentioned that she believes that being anonymous is truly important in emphasizing an idea and sharing inspiration.
She wants to have people reflect the gesture of being overlooked and forgotten. A lot of her works were created with Ceramics, Paper, Photography Prints, and Digital Media. There’s no specific meaning incorporated in her work but she wanted people to make their own interpretation. In one of her works, there was a cage, which, in her opinion, is something that imprisons someone and fixates someone in a certain state of mind. She used the idea of a cage to relate to the more broad views on women as women can easily feel trapped in the ideals that society has for them.
When I looked at her work, I felt a sense of awe. For one, one artwork was huge and nearly hit the ceiling. Two, a lot of the pieces had a lot of symbolism, in which all of them represented how individuals had a sense of being contained and held back. I connected this with how women are normally contained within the expectations of society and are expected to look and be a certain way, as a lot of women are subject to beauty standards and stereotypes. Furthermore, I thought it was interesting because it made me feel reflective about my place in society as a woman and also how society makes a girl feel small to its norms even though society is made of women itself, along with others. Weibel’s work made me question my identity as a woman and wonder where we all truly stand in society’s complexity.