Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Media: various objects, dolls, piano, furniture, clothes
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
This week, I got to meet Dulce Soledad Ibarra from China, CA. Dulce attended community college in Chino and later transferred to CSULB. She is currently a senior in the School of Art’s Sculpture program and will be applying to grad schools quite soon. Dulce was a painting major at first, but eventually got tired of working with paint. She started making more 3D art works such as paper machete, and thus switched her major. Recuerdos is Dulce’s senior solo exhibition, which is inspired by her aunt, family, immigration, trauma, hoarding, and owning possessions. In English, Recuerdos means memories.
Recuerdos showcases a compact room filled with various objects and furniture. There are numerous dolls and knick knacks placed on top of the piano, shelves, and tables. Clothes, pictures, and a calendar can be found as well. The objects are placed closely next to each other as if they are cluttered in a messy room. There is a lot of stacking and shelving going on in the exhibit. Most of the furniture in the exhibit is colored yellow, but all the knick knacks vary color. Dulce staged the exhibit and exaggerated the room. The space was small, but all the objects varied sizes.
Inspired by her aunt, Dulce collected all these memorabilia in order to make those objects represent a specific memory. The artifacts are a constant; they exist now even those the memories based off that object has passed long ago. Dulce holds a great value for all of these objects. Through the knick knacks, Dulce not only remembers but she feels the memories and emotions that went along with it. She exemplifies the act of consumption and the interest of owning in her exhibit; the need to add more items grows. However, Dulce questions her life as an immigrant. The notion is that as an immigrant you come to America bearing nothing, then having the opportunity to own whatever you please.
Synthesis/ My Experience
When I first walked into the room, I was surprised with how small the space was, but how many items were stacked all over. It kind of reminded me of my room since I too have a lot of memorabilia lying around. I really love the story behind Recuerdos since I place a high value on various objects. I keep all these objects around, and I reminisce of the good old times or maybe even the bad ones. They hold stories and are timeless to own. Overall, I am impressed with Dulce’s work. It was very personal, and she executed the exhibit beautifully.