Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Exhibition: Manos De Oro
Media: Sculpture, Painting, Illustration
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
In this week’s visit to the art galleries, I met the artist Dulce Soledad Ibarra who is currently a senior at CSULB who is pursuing her BFA on Sculpture. She grew up in Chino Hills, then moved to Norco where she went to high school there. She obtained her AA at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga. Her first interest in school was in Graphic Design or in Communications, but then she stuck to Sculpture. She stated has done other exhibits with other artists but this is her first exhibit she had done by herself.
When you first step in to the gallery, you would see the different gardening tools and machinery. You see lawnmowers and parts belonging to lawnmowers covered in gold. You see each part on the floor laying on a piece of grass, turf grass. Then on the wall you would see large hedge shears where the blades are covered in gold as well. Also on the wall you see a gold shovel and gold rake. On the corner floor you see mowed grass and tree trimmings bagged up and stacked. Also there is a projection on the wall of Dulce’s father working, he is a gardener so the whole exhibit is influenced from her experience of her growing up and seeing her father work hard.
Dulce Soledad Ibarra’s exhibit focuses on hard work and pride, this is something she has seen through her father and all his hard work he has done to support her and her family. She stated that her father has worked as a gardener for over 40 years, and he has work hard and prideful all this time. She stated that many people do not pay attention to what you when you work hard, and in the work he does she feels he does not get recognized for the hard work he does. She praises all he has done and wanted to use gold to show the value in her father’s work. Also ironically she and her father are both allergic to gold so she wanted showcase this that they both share. In the video that was projecting, you could see the work her father does is with pride and he does this to support the family.
When I first walked into the exhibit, the gold on the machinery and tools stood out the most to me. Then noticing how it was gardening tools and the video showed a man working it felt a close connection, as my father did gardening all his life and did this support my family and I. When speaking with the artist about the exhibit, I feel connected to her story as I felt that we our stories were similar as both our fathers worked hard all their lives to support our families. She stated how her father was prideful in his work and that is something that I felt glad to hear as many people do have jobs that they hate and have no type of pride, and gardening is a job many tend to ignore and do not respect. Knowing first-hand how this job is something that includes hard work and hours, I know the pride she had of her father reminded me of how the pride I had of my father all the years he worked.