Wk 9: Artist Conversation- Dulce Soledad Ibarra

For this week’s conversation, I had the opportunity to speak with Dulce Soledad Ibarra. Dulce is a senior at CSULB who is getting her  degree in BFA-Sculpture and this exhibit just so happens to be her senior solo exhibit. Throughout her time in Cal State, she likes to focus showcasing her family and their struggle as immigrants because they do not like to talk about it and so she feels like it’s her job to show the world what immigration is all about. For this exhibit she didn’t focus on immigration but more of the memories that her deceased aunt left behind. The title of the exhibit is Recuerdos, which means memories in Spanish. In her pamphlet that she made for visitors to take, she discusses how her aunt loved to hoard all the pieces that were given to her during events as a way to remember that special moment in time and how Dulce herself could never understand why her aunt kept everything. However, as time passed on after her aunt passed away she started to value each piece, not for the memory that each one has with it, but because it brings her closer to her aunt.

In her exhibit, it showcases her aunt’s room and what she believes it would have been like because she is recreating an interpretation of an interpretation of the original room. The placement of each object was her way of reconnecting to those objects and the feelings that she gets when those objects are around a certain shelf or table. She decided to go with the color yellow as the paint for the furniture because she wanted it to represent caution on hoarding but yet a feeling of warmth and familiarity. Overall, this exhibit was a dedication to Dulce’s aunt and to bring forth what hoarding was like because her household still has all her aunt’s belongings.


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