Week 7: Artist Conversation-Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Exhibition information 

Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Exhibition: Manos De Oro

Media:Installation, Found object, Video

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L Gatov Gallery East


website: dulcesoledadibarra.com


About the Artist

California States University of Long Beach, undergraduate Dulce Soledad Ibarra is working hard toward his BFA degree School of Art’s sculpture Program. She’s 25 years old and will be graduating in spring semester. She planned to go grad school. Dulce is a  shared that she was from Chino, California. She shared that her family is from central Mexico. Her parent do not block her from doing art as long as she is doing something. She was interested in Art because she works at museum. She was inspired by her younger sister to go to college. For her future goal, she wants to work for nonprofit, like doing programming and a lot of things. She wants to work with artist and community. She first started at community college then attend Cal State.

Formal Analysis

Dulce Soledad Ibarra, creation of Manos De Oro, has a touching meaning behind it. She mentioned that her idea to create, Manos De Oro, start about one year and half. Then it took her three months to prep  for the exhibit. She told us that she went to different gardner and asks for their equipment, especially from her dad. She shared that the survival guilt that she mentioned was her dad as Gardener and his other family is in Mexico. She shared that she do not have pride in her dad and before she feels ashamed. She knows her dad values and how much she did. She shared that the “mind is in solidarity with the hands, and the hands speak of the capabilities if the mind. Also, hands understand the important of touch by the ways of holding, pushing, pulling, grasping, gracing, lifting , gathering, reaching. “She describes that her father and have hands that work like machine. They meet in the intersection of labor as a craft and labors as a means of survival. They will themselves to create. She even shared that she has both guilt and pride carry cultural and personal characteristics, and an analysis of trauma is required to untangle these threads. Also the guilt and trauma is leaving home is in our hands. She wants to point out that we feel it when we have reach opportunities and surpass those before us.

Content Analysis

Dulce’s exhibit,Manos De Oro, is a reminder that all hands are made of gold, but some hangs are left invisible under the sun, covered in grease and the greenery of another man’s land. She go around trying to experience cutting the grass once with uniform, people would look at her weird and she noticed that after she put on the uniform and if she do not have uniform they do not acknowledge her. She noticed that labors does not get acknowledge as much. The video that she filmed, it was her who filmed it and she followed her dad around. She said that he been working ever since he got here in the state. In America, there’s opportunity. The the bag with grass and tree, she got it from the gardener. Before getting it from them, she helped them and she noticed that they have similar background. The Gold turf sack is from her dad.

Synthesis/My Experience

When I was entering the gallery, I noticed that all the items are related to gardening. Her meaning of her exhibit was amazing. She was able to shared with us through art for what her dad did in the past four years. She inspired me. Usually, when our parent do not work in a good job, we do not want to tell other what our parent does, but she was able to do it through art. Overall, she inspired me that do not feel ashamed of what what job your parent do. You should feel pride because they are working hard to get money for you and family.









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