Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: 3 Selves
Media: Sculpture/Ceramic Arts
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East
For this week’s artist conversation, I got to meet with third year Jane Weibel. She is a ceramics art major who aspires to explore more reflections of art in ceramics and sculpture. She’s been working on art since she was a teenager.
Weibel’s piece, 3 Selves, are three black edifices that stand a couple of feet away from each other. They are black statues that are shaped with stacked empty and defaced boxes. On these boxes, with blue, pink, and green string, she has attached pictures of what seem to be close up images of a person’s body. It is hard to tell what material the art is made of, but the surface is not smooth; rather, it is callous and I would assume that it is some kind of ceramic material. I didn’t touch it, but I would imagine that it would feel very bumpy.
After a short conversation she revealed that each part of her piece reflected the key emotions and characteristics that she identifies to be things that can either bring discouragement, shame, and other negative aspects of the human condition. Of course, the interpretation for her piece is up for interpretation.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed observing her work. I am very interested in the psyche of individuals. To me, the artwork really emphasized the intimacy of sexuality and how it can be seen as a natural and dangerous, yet intriguing thing that humans tend to leave in the back of their minds. Below I’ve attached a video from her Instagram showing the process she took to create this. It is very cool!