Wk 5-Artist Conversation-Jane Weibel


Artist: Jane Weibel

Exibition: Psycho Cycle

Gallery: Max L  Gatov East

Media:  ceramic and string

Website: janeweibel.com

instagram: @Janemargarette

Anout the Artist 

Jane Weibel is in her last year here at CSULB. She is currently part of BFA ceramics in the School or Arts. She was a former biology student in her early years as a CSULB student. By the looks of her art, she has strong views of the unequal treatment of women. It is great that she stands for what she believes is right.

Formal Analysis 

Her exhibition was appealing to me, and many other viewers. The artist’s paintings were full of color and life. Every single piece had different colors all around. For instance, the cage and paper shred pieces were very colorful which stood out in the gallery.

Content Analysis 

Jane Weibel is a feminist and this is what her pieces are depicting. The cage represents a more broad picture of women who are boxed in and are viewed a certain way. Just like prisoners, they are boxed in and put away in cells much like the cage she constructed. All of her pieces had to do with the inequality of women and how they are seen in today’s society.


Once I walked into the exhibit, the cage was what mainly stood out to me. Maybe because of the size difference, but that was the first thing that caught my attention. I enjoyed looking at her art because of the colors. Everything just stood out so nice with the lighting of the galleries. The color ways of her pieces often coordinated with each other making it stand out even brighter. I enjoyed looking around and thinking about her great work of art.


Wk 4- Artist Conversation- May Ta

Artist: May Ta

Exhibition: Closer

Media: Scultpure

Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Instagram: @maypta

About the Artist

May Ta is a student currently enrolled at CSULB. She is a Vietnamese transfer student from CSU Fullerton. She comes from a very competitive family who come from a line of engineers and other advanced careers, but she chose the art path. For her, it was hard to decide what she wanted to do for the rest of her life because she comes from a family where art was not a favorable major, making it a tough decision for her. Fortunetly for her, she made the right decision, in which she has tons of talent for this field.

Wk 3- Artist Conversation- Manyu Gao

Artist: Manyu Gao

Exhibition: Concentrated Studies in Life Painting

Media: Oil Painting

Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery West

Instagram: @manyugao

About the Artist

Manyu Gao is a current CSULB 49er from China pursuing her undergraduate degree. This is her last semester as an undergraduate, and is currently looking for a graduate program. She wants to get her masters degree in Painting, as she is in the School of Arts, Drawing, and Painting program. This is her second year since her departure from home, and enjoys where she’s at right now.

Formal Analysis

The artist discussed her painting as an oil painting she painted for an upper division art class that took her a semester to do. The painting shows a women sitting alone eating at a fast food restaurant. Although the logo does not show, the food represents McDonald’s. The boxes in which the burgers and fries were placed looked identical to a McDonald’s box. The setting also looked very similar. She is sitting inside the restaurant with a view of a gas station, which looks much like an intersection in Los Angeles.

Content Analysis 

Manyu Gao states that the painting represents her and how she felt from her departure from home. She felt lonely, which the painting very much represents. It shows a women eating dinner alone. She decided to use McDonalds as the food to eat because it is very much Western like and is popular here in the West.


My first impression of the painting was not really much appealing to me. All I saw was a women eating food, but I did not realize several things. The story behind it, and what it really meant. After looking at it a few more times, I still was not sure what it represented until I officially spoke with the artist. After she explained what it was to me, I realized the bigger picture. The picture made much more sense to me, and I understood what the meaning of it was. After the explanation, it became so clear that I enjoyed just looking at it because it made me think as if I were able to relate to her experience of leaving home.

Wk3-Classmate Conversation- Savannah Avalos

imageSavannah is a Hospitality major whose decision was made by the choice of helping others. Her goal is to be an event planner, but if it does not work as planned, she plans on doing something involving helping people.

A form of art that has made an impact on the speed on she is today is music. She enjoys listening to country music because it makes her feel closer to home, since she is from a rural area of California.