Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Media: Mixed Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov West
Dulce Soledad Ibarra is a CSULB undergraduate who is working toward her BFA in the School of Art’s Sculpture Program. Andrea is from Chino, CA, and is a senior at CSULB. Her first language is Spanish, and her second language is English. Some of her interests include singing karaoke, specifically Spanish songs by Selena and Juan Gabriel. And some of the ideas that her work explores is the value of objects.
Formal Analysis: In terms of the formal qualities of the work, it features various pieces throughout the work. It features a piano, dolls, clothing, cloths, clocks, a dresser, small trinkets, porcelain statues, small cups, yarn, plastic flowers, bird cages and other items. The piece looks like a small room in the center of the gallery with all the pieces closely placed together. The overall exhibit features various lines and shapes because of the different little antiques and trinkets that are in each part of the different pieces of furniture including the piano. The main bright color of the piece is yellow. Yellow is the color of all the pieces of furniture such as the mini closet and dresser. The rest of the piece features many different colors. The rhythm of the piece seems to be a bit in unison because all the pieces are closely placed together in each open space making it easy to glide through all the various pieces that are in the exhibit. In terms of the scale of the overall exhibit it looks small because it is not openly spread out throughout the exhibit room, but placed in the middle of the room. The pieces within the furniture and on top of the furniture range from very small cups or figurines to medium to big dolls, and statues. The textures of the piece range from the wood texture of the furniture to the smooth porcelain texture of some of the statues. Overall, the piece features various textures throughout it.
Content Analysis: In terms of the ideas behind this piece, it relates back to the collection of items that Ibarra’s aunt had before her passing. The ideas focus on how her aunt had continuously throughout her life collected different pieces and with these pieces came these memories of a particular event or celebration. Ibarra focuses not on memories in general, but the way that through these items they each represent a particular moment in life. The exhibit focuses on the way that her family tended to collect items for the sake of collecting, and yet in reality it was more than something that may have seemed like hoarding, but as way to step through memory lane of all the celebrations and festivities of a person’s life time. Ibarra also wanted to focus on ageism as well by her discussion of how her aunt was small like a child, but wise like an adult and it is reflected in the piece.
Synthesis/ My Experience: In terms of the overall exhibition and how it resonated with me, I felt that it resonated very closely to me and how my own family is. She and I are both from Hispanic backgrounds, and looking at the piece reminded me a lot of my own aunts and my grandma. When I would look at the piece it reminded me of the type of things my aunt would have in her room from bear statues to little girl statues and dolls or anything cute in general. When I saw the piece I also thought about the little room my own grandma used to have with the hand woven table cloths, to the dolls, and the hand woven blankets and clothing. It resonated so much with many memories of those rooms especially now that my grandmother passed away not in December. The ideas that Ibarra presents also remind me of my own views on recuerdos and how in reality their are different meanings in translating the word recuerdos to English. And I feel that the way she presented her exhibit really explores what it really means by memories or recuerdos through her late aunt’s collection and room pieces.