Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Exhibition: Manos De Oro
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov-East
About the Artist:
Dulce Soledad Ibarra is a 25-year-old senior undergraduate getting her BFA here at CSULB. She is from Chino, California and worked in a museum for five years installing work before she realized she wanted to become a sculpture. Instead of installing other people’s artwork, she wanted to install her own. She started off painting and drawing, and although she is now getting her BFA in sculpturing, only started sculpturing a year ago. All her life, Ibarra has grown up poor and has seen her father work all his life so that he can provide a living for her family. He is the one in her video in the gallery, and he visited the gallery on opening night with her brother. Her father and brother were both so amazed and so touched and so proud of her. Her brother even cried because of all the emotions.
Formal Analysis: When you first walk in, the first thing your eyes are drawn to is a regular lawnmower with some parts of it covered with gold leaflets. In the background, there is a video playing of a Mexican gardener cutting lawns, bushes, etc. with Mexican music echoing throughout the gallery. On the walls, there are various gardening tools painted gold, such as a hoe and a shovel. They are placed on the wall in an “x” form, resembling a code of arms of some sort. On the floor, there are different parts of the lawnmower covered with gold leaflets.
This gallery was created to pay an homage to her father’s hard work in life. In her family, goals were seen as gold; it was something that if you achieve it, you would be rewarded with money. Her father has worked all his life and even though he was a gardener, he still felt pride in his work and his machine. He kept his machines nice and new, so she resembled that in her work by covering the lawnmower with gold. She wanted to showcase that all people’s hands were made of “gold”, but some have to work harder than others.
I really liked the message behind her gallery. It was touching to see how she dedicated her whole gallery to her father. I thought the gold leaflets on the parts was an interesting concept, because I haven’t seen anything like it before. Although the lawnmower first caught my eye, the one aspect I liked the most was the gold hoe and shovel on the wall put into an “x” like feature. Ibarra was very proud of her work and in a way, I feel like she was rightfully showing off her dad as the good, hardworking man he is. One day, I hope I can give back to my dad and say thank you to him as well, like how she did.