Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Exhibition: Manos De Oro
Media: Mixed Media
Gallery: Max L Gatov Gallery East
Manos De Oro was located in the Max L Gatov Gallery East at Cal State University Long Beach. Although, Dulce has been featured in a group exhibition before; Manos De Oro is Dulce Soledad Ibarra’s first solo exhibition which features numerous sculptures and a film featuring her father. The materials that were used for the exhibition were collected for her father and other gardeners. The materials used are found objects that have been manipulated and painted gold. She asked gardeners for the grass and plants that they cut so she could use them for exhibition. This exhibition focuses on the dynamic of immigration, culture, and physical labor.
Dulce Soledad Ibarra is a senior student at Cal State Long Beach University, she is currently an undergraduate student working towards her BFA in Sculpture. She is twenty-five years of age and is from Chino, California. Dulce enjoys doing workshops and teaching other about art, she has recently conducted a pinata workshop and she loves teaching people how to do zines due to its simplicity.
When I spoke to Dulce Soledad Ibarra about her exhibition I asked her “what was the most challenging part of having a solo exhibition?” She mentioned, how it was difficult to fill up the gallery because of the amount of space. She had to figure out how she was going to fill up the space while maintaining a cohesive theme. After she over came that obstacle she had too much content for her exhibition and had to edit things out of her exhibition. In addition, Dulce mentioned how her exhibit was the first time her parents have seen her sculptures. Her parents were ecstatic and glad to see their daughters work on display, its was a sense of accomplishment for her parents because they wanted to provide their children with a better life and Dulce is working towards her goals in life as an artist. Dulce used gold because of the symbolic meaning that is associated with it across many cultures. Gold is associated with success and achievement and that represents how Dulce’s dad feels, he was able to provide his children with a better life because of his hard work. Dulce said it was ironic that she used gold because her and her dad are allergic to gold jewelry.
My favorite part of the exhibit was the video that was playing at the exhibit. The video featured Dulce’s 70 year old dad working as a gardener. What I enjoyed about the video is that she made something mundane such as gardening look beautiful and poetic. The physical labor involved with gardening is extremely demanding, and her father is still working on a regular basis. This art exhibit reminded me a lot about my father, similar to Dulce’s father my father has been working for all his life, and his dedication and motivation to keep working is to provide his children with a better life.