Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Media: Sculpture, Mixed-Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
Dulce Soledad Ibarra is in her senior year at CSULB’s School of Art. She will be graduating this May with her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Her major is Sculpture. She originally came in as a drawing major, but once she became tired of the media she decided to switch to sculpture. She developed an interest in using paper mache and began to create her own piñatas. She also became interested in objects, materials and how everything has a reason for existing. Ibarra has also received her Associate’s Degree in drawing and painting at the Rancho Cucamonga Community College. She currently resides in Chino.
Ibarra’s specialty is in creating sculptures. In this exhibition, titled “Recuerdos” ,which translates to “memories”, she shares objects of her aunt who recently passed away. All these objects that her aunt cherished so much, come together to create this beautiful sculpture. The yellow furniture, the countless dolls, clothes and takeaways from celebrations like birthdays, weddings and baby showers take up the space in the gallery to create a room within the gallery.
Ibarra talks about the value of objects in her work. She claims that objects have always been the first introductions to sculpture. In this exhibition, she shows how her aunt used objects as an outlet and a reference to the traumas she suffered. She says her aunt was a hoarder, but she claims it was about having nothing and then having the opportunity to own something for her aunt. As an undocumented immigrant in this country, her aunt had to deal with the thought of establishing ownership in a country that didn’t want her here and that seeks to throw her out. Her aunt used these objects to cope with these issues.
Ibarra told me that she never understood why her aunt collected all these things. In a way she still doesn’t. And after her death she said that her family were left to deal with these things and it became a burden but she was unable to just throw them away. I really enjoyed speaking to Ibarra about this idea of holding on to objects because I too have some family members who do this and her exhibition really helped me understand why people put so much value into objects.