WK9-Artist Conversation-Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Exhibition: Recuerdos 
Media: Dolls, drawers, piano, closets,
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Dolce Soledad Ibarra is currently studying at CSULB to earn her degree in the Bachelors of Fine Arts. She was originally a drawing/ painting major but eventually switched over to sculpture. Most of her inspiration comes from her culture. She is originally from Chino Hills and already received her Associate’s Degree in drawing and painting and Rancho Cucamonga CC.


Recuerdo translates to memories in Spanish. Walking through this exhibit, you see many dolls and some things that give it an ”antique” feel. She explains how some of these are objects shared with her aunt that passed away not too long ago. I believe each of the items displayed in this exhibit triggers some memory or has some story to it.


Ibarra explains how each of these objects mean something to her. Although she calls her aunt a ”hoarder”, it was something that comforted her. She explains before her aunt had nothing, and now she uses it as something to have a physically display of having something for her aunt. I believe we all have some things we can never find ourselves throwing away, no matter how little use it has. Yet, even that small thing probably contains some memory or sentimental value that we would like to keep in order to remind ourselves about it.


I really enjoy viewing exhibits with more physical items, they’re more pleasing to look at. Upon speaking to Ibarra, she mentions how these items were just something her aunt left behind and her family had no idea what to do with them. Of course, they didn’t have the heart to just toss it. I’m glad that this was an exhibit I felt like I could relate to on a personal level since there are some items that are just collecting dust in my room, and I have this urge to throw it away; until I think about all the memories associated with it.




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