Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Exhibition: Manos De Oro
Media: Video, objects, manipulation of objects
Gallery: Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
Dulce Soledad Ibarra is in her last year of attending California State University Long Beach while currently in the School of Art’s sculpture Program. She always knew she wanted to major in art but didn’t know which type of art. She comes from Chino, California but was born in Mexico like the rest of her family. In her family, she is the only one that is really into art while her father wanted to become a lawyer. Unfortunately, he did not become a lawyer but a gardener instead which their whole family is still proud of.
The gallery consisted of a video, portraits, and gardening tools and machines. It was very unique and the music of the video was loud enough to hear it through the whole gallery which was smart because it catches the audience attention right away. The gallery consisted of lawnmowers that were covered in plastic grass, shovels that were strategically placed, diverse portraits, and a video of a man who signifies her dad with the lawn mower. Some of the objects were covered in gold and some were placed as worn out to signify being used.
Dulce Soledad Ibarra’s gallery centers around the gold that was used on the gardening machines and tools. Ibarra stated that she used gold to signify that being a hard worker is gold and can be found in everyone instead of just the wealthy. She is very proud of her father being a gardener and all the hard work he puts in it everyday and that being a hard worker is the most important. She mentioned that being a gardener is “reminding us that all hands are made of gold.” Therefore, the reason for her gallery is to show that some jobs like a garderner, are unnoticed and unappreciative of the hard work that is put into it.
The reason I chose to choose the “Manos De Oro” gallery is because of the video. First, the video gave me a different perspective of jobs that are unappreciative. Knowing that people work under the sun and work so hard everyday by making someone else’s yard or lawn look good should be respected. Second, the video was playing the song that my family played for my grandfather’s funeral which caught my attention right away. This gallery is inspiring and a reminder of all the people in the world that work so hard.