Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Gallery: Gatov West Gallery
Dulce Soledad Ibarra currently is a senior at California State University, Long Beach. This will be her last semester before she obtains her Bachelor in Fine Art. Originally, she was a painting major but it didn’t appeal to her as she wanted. She began to mix her style up by using paper as paint, sculpture instead of canvas to make her works more 3-D. After graduation, she planned to continue her art in grad school.
The exhibit, Recuerdos, is all about her passed away aunt. Her aunt was a caretaker that helped to raise her and her siblings. She recreated what her aunt room feel like and every displayed object belonged to her aunt. The artist described her aunt as someone who likes to hoard thing that’s why her art had so much random object. In her art, she is inspired by the topic of immigrant. She used her family as an example how they always try to save thing hasn’t been in use for years because of saving money. As for the artist, she is completely opposite of her family, which doesn’t like to collect or to save stuff, but she can see why her family, or every Hispanic family as she stated, trying to keep these object. Also, she feels awkward with her art because it feels weird to see her aunt passed away belonging in a middle of a room where everyone could get a full view. She feels a bit less personal to be displayed her aunt belonging in this way.
The artist chose to create this exhibition based on hoarding, possession, and her faint memory. Everything in this gallery belonged and connected to her dear aunt. She pointed out that the furniture was repainted to yellow by the artist because the interpretation was made specifically for her aunt’s stuff. Once her aunt passed away, her aunt father created a room just for her aunt’s stuff and painted it yellow. Also there is a calendar of the year 2013 that hanged behind the right cabinet. It is the last cabinet that her aunt own, which also is the year that her aunt passed away.
I personally love the room the moment I walked in. The yellow of the cabinet and even the piano stand out the most. I instantly just saw many toys that present were vividly created by the yellow color. There were so many toys that it is hard to just glance by. It took me roughly 10 minutes to look at all the toys that being displayed. It personally reminded me of my childhood because this is something like a child would own. But I feel a bit creepy from looking at these pieces, because it belonged to the death. It also lacks a sense of respect to display private properties to the public. I really like the gallery as general but I dislike the whole idea behind it.