Artist: Dalia Banuelos and Daniel Bonita-Vera
Media: Photos, one string, clothing, lighting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr Maxine Merlino Gallery
Instagram: @daliaeffect and @dbvqp
About the Artist
There are two artists, Dalia Banuelos and Daniel Bonita-Vera. Both artists are undergraduates in the Studio Arts program. Dalia enjoys drawing and does martial arts as a hobby while Daniel is a full time student and also works. Daniel is thinking of switching to the Photography program as most of his work is photography and he enjoys taking pictures.
The artists collaborated to create a larger piece of work using photos that they had taken to place above the center figure. The string used to hang all the images is a single piece of long string that has been intertwined throughout the work. The center figure and the back figure are in positions of weakness as they are cringing due to the overhanging images. The light is used to create an overbearing focus on the center image and a shrouding of darkness on the figure in the back.
The artists wanted to create a piece in the gallery that would be the opposite of what most artists had done. Unlike others that displayed their prized work this piece was done with the intention of showing the failure of the artists to do what they wanted. Specifically it shows the images the artist took that were considered failures and failed to get into the Photography BFA. The images are overhanging on the center figure that is in a position of weakness as well as the back figure.
Synthesis / My Experience
I was surprised to learn that the work only used a single strand of string to hold up all the images. It is an amazing piece that can be used as an example for people that have depression or anxiety due to certain issues and events. Each image is only a reminder of the failure for the artist and it could lead to a feeling of utter depression if they feel engulfed. The postures of the figures perfectly convey a sense of depression and isolation in the work.