Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Exhibition: Manos de Oro
Media: Video, Found Objects
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov-East
In this weeks artist conversation I had the opportunity to meet Dulce Soledad Ibarra and she had her exhibition of Manos de Oro in the Gatov-East Gallery. Dulce is a senior undergraduate student attending CSULB School of Art Sculpture program and is working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Dulce is twenty-five years old and is planning to apply to out of state graduate schools because she wants to experience something new other than California. This exhibition was Dulce’s first exhibition she ever participated in and she will be graduating this upcoming Spring with her Bachelors degree.
Dulce used gardening equipment for her exhibition that included lawnmowers, lawnmower motors, bags full of leafs and grass, shovels, picks, trimmers, and a video playing. The tools, lawnmowers, and lawnmower motors were wrapped by gold paper making them unique and appealing to the eyes. Dulce sourced all of the parts from people she knew like gardener’s, friends, her dads friends, and her dad.
The exhibitions “Manos de Oro” meaning behind it is to take pride of what you do and not let other people put you down. Dulce feels that everyone’s work is and should be acknowledged no matter what it is because everyone has struggles. When Dulce was growing up she saw that her father lived in the United States while his family struggled living in Mexico. Dulce’s father tries to support his family in Mexico and she feels its a hard burden to have to go through. The exhibition that Dulce displayed was a tribute to her fathers hard work acknowledging what he has done for her family.
The “Manos de Oro” exhibition really hit it at home for me because my parents do the same for their families. My father immigrated from Guatemala and worked as a janitor in the hospital while I was younger. I saw my father go to school and graduate college while I was growing up and was able to see his hard work and dedication in bettering himself. My mother is from Mexico and we would visit her family often and she would always try to help them with money so they can have food to eat. This exhibition also showed me that people go through similar struggles and we all might be more alike than I previously thought.