Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Exhibition: Manos De Oro
Media: Videotagraphy, Sculpture
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L Gatov East Gallery
Dulce Soledad Ibarra is a Mexican-American artist from Chino, CA who has relocated to Long Beach, CA. She is a senior at CSULB who will be graduated in the Spring of 2017 with her BFA. Dulce also has her AA at Chaffey College in 2014. Her work is heavily influenced from her Mexican heritage, and takes a lot of inspiration after her parents. She has been involved in several group exhibits but this is her first solo exhibit. She is very happy about it because her parents have never seen any of her pieces of art except for this one and they were very excited about it.
In Manos De Oro, Dulce decided to focus this exhibit around her father and his labor. Her father is nearly 70 years old and still works as a gardener under the hot sun. The exhibit contains lawnmowers which are painted in gold, a short film of her father doing some gardening, and huge bags which contain lawn and tree clippings. Many of the pieces that were used in her exhibit are her fathers equipment and his fellow coworkers helped her create the pieces. Her biggest challenge about the exhibit was picking pieces that would hit in the space. She created several different pieces but said she had to make a lot of changes and edits to her pieces. Dulce’s favorite piece was the video because it shows her dad hard at work, working for his family, and her most challenging piece was editing the video. She claims that her dad has “Savior’s guilt” which means that although he may have been successful here in America and alble to provide for his family he is unable to help his family who suffers in his native country. Dulce says that after made this video she appreciated her father much more than she already did and appreciated the tired and rough hands that he has gained with his career.
This piece really spoke to me on a level of ways. My parent’s are my biggest motivators as well and in a weird way they are motivated and strive for better because of me. My parents have also immigrated from Mexico many moons ago, but have sacrificed so much to give my family the absolute most they could give us and ensure that we were never missing a basic necessity. I have several family members who are gardeners or painters so when I stepped into this exhibit it brought back memories or my uncles in their uniform or their he straw hats preparing for their 12 hour shifts. I too have seen the hands of my father or family members and have thought about how their hands look rough and damaged by the sun while my hands are clean. They work 100x harder than most, so I won’t have to work hard or give up on school to help the family. Also the meaning of the gold around some of the pieces was beautiful. Just because society has belittled the value of their hard labor does not mean that what they do isn’t worth the glory or praise. They should receive lots of praise for the work they do because it is the work that not many are willing to do.