For this week in Art 110, I had the chance to met a very talented and inspiring artist. Jane Weibel is currently a transfer student at California State University at Long Beach as an art major. Originally, Jane is from San Diego, California and wanted to become a graphic designer, but after taking a ceramics class at CSULB, she quickly fell in love with art.
Weibel created an amazing project titled “The Extraordinarily Difficult and Impossible Tasks of: Recounting Fading and Altered Memories and Stabilizing Shifting Time” displayed in the Max L. Gatov Gallery West. She worked on this project in her studio for many days. The medium she used is ceramics for the majority, rope, fibers, and zip ties. Weibel’s artwork is heavily influenced her memory and childhood and how she perceived it. The purpose of her gallery was to have the audience connect back to their own memories and have them question themselves about how they remember their memories. Was it all real? Were there gaps in the memories filled in to what they believed happen? Did something else really happen but they altered their memories? Memories are all perceived differently from people to people. This project was solely based around memory and the way we perceive memory to be. Unfortunately, she as inspired to do this project when she lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s Disease. She watched that person slowly lose grip of their memory and it frustrated her that she couldn’t do anything about it. Before she started on this project, she came across photos of her childhood that she says she remembers it like it was yesterday. But she started to question herself on whether or not her memory was what really happened. With this project, she said that she was actually at ease of knowing what she knew about her memory and that she didn’t really care if it really happened how she thinks it did or not. In this project she used baby clothes and shoes that were actually hers as a child. She describes her appreciation that her mother kept everything and that her clothes were concrete physical objects that represented her memories. She used ceramics to recreate a playground and used rope and wires to hang her baby clothes. She also used ropes and tape to create a house against the walls and hung ceramic rings on the ceiling.
This is the first time she has ever displayed her work in an art gallery. She said that she really loved being able to share her work with everyone, but that it was also very stressful with the amount of time she had left to work. For the most part, she really enjoyed the process of installing her piece. A big part of her art practice comes from the installation part because that’s the time she had the most fun trying to work with the space given to her. She created this project piece by piece and when she was finished, she brought all the pieces to the gallery and put all the pieces together. When installing the piece, she had to have two other assistants there with her to hold up the pieces. She had help installing the project, but the all the pieces and ideas were created by her.
I really enjoyed this gallery since it is so unique compared to anything I have ever seen before. When I see art that portrays memories, I usually see pictures or paintings, never physical installations to represent objects from our past. The whole purpose of this gallery brought back many memories of my own and made me realize how much I should cherish my memories, because I will never know what will happen in the future. If we were lost our ability to remember certain events in our life, I think it would drastically change who we are in the future since memories made us who we are now. This project has made me realize how much I shouldn’t take my memories for granted and that every moment in our lives happen for a reason. I really hope Jane Weibel creates another art piece because I really enjoyed this one!
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