Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Exhibition: Manos De Oro
Media: Sculpture, Paint, Video
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
Dulce Soledad Ibarra is a senior undergraduate student at California State University, Long Beach working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts in the School of Art’s sculpture program. She is from Chino, California but is born in Mexico. Her father wanted her to become a lawyer, but she found passion in art. Her father is a gardener and she felt ashamed of it; however, her shame turned into respect as she uses this experience to create a beautiful exhibition and dedicate it to her father and the rest of her family for their hard work.
The gallery consists of a video, portraits and gardening machines and tools. When you enter the gallery, you are welcomed with a lawnmower covered in plastic grass. Other tools such as shovels and rakes were also laid out in the gallery. All these pieces had a hint of gold which was very appealing and adds an aesthetic touch. It also makes it seem like it’s high in value.
The hints of gold in Ibarra’s pieces signifies the hard work that her father and family put in. She said that everyone is able to achieve this, not just the wealthy. She said that “all hands are made of gold, but some hands are left invisible under the sun, covered in grease and the greenery of another man’s land.” The point of this exhibition is to show respect for the unnoticed and unappreciative jobs such as being a gardener.
After seeing her work and listening to her, I felt her love for her father and her culture. This gallery makes an unnoticed job noticed. The pieces were put together in a way that makes you feel like you’re walking into a museum of historical artifacts. I love Ibarra’s meaning behind this gallery.