Exhibition: I am a Feminist
Media: Ceramic, Paper, Photography
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery WEst
Jane Weibel is in her final year at CSULB. She is pursing a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a focus in ceramics, but she wasn’t always an art major. She first started as a biology major and decided art was her calling. She enjoys adding a lot of colors into her artwork just because she likes colors. Miss. Weibel decided to use this art gallery as a way to tell the world that she was a feminist. She was very grateful how she could announce it on a grand scale, although if you know her, you wouldn’t be surprised that shes a feminist she says.
As you first walk into the gallery where Miss. Weibel’s art is on display, the most eye catching sculpture is the colorful cube cage. Then there are photographs of woman carrying a rock. These photographs display a story in a way because each shot is like a stop motion. There was also a colorful pile of shredded paper, and also an obstacle looking sculpture of some sorts. Miss. Weibel told me there are no specific names to her pieces, she just calls them by what they look like. All in all Miss. Weibel’s exhibit was certainly very eye catching and new to look at.
Miss. Weibel describes her art in a way so that it could fit problems of not just a single person, but a broad group of people. Like her pile of shredded paper had an interesting insight to it. When asked what her shredded paper pile represents, I was asked what does a paper shredder usually do? I obviously answered, it shreds paper. She said exactly, but what she saw when making that pile of paper was something different. The pile represented identities being destroyed and overlooked which probably ties into her feminist views as a lady is usually overlooked in the workforce or in life.
The art piece that drew my attention was the cube cage. To me it looked like a cage, but it was covered in colors and items from our daily lives. It looked fun and mesmerizing, but a cage will always be a cage meant to trap and contain. It could distract you with its colors to trick you, but it won’t change what it is. Then I saw the artist statement. Miss. Weibel is a feminist and then it hit me that women probably feel this way in life. They are given things that everyone has, but they are still held back and trapped in a cage. I don’t know if Miss. Weibel intended for her audience to see this cage in that way, but that was how I saw it.