Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Exhibition: Manos De Oro
Media: Found objects, manipulation of found objects,
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East
Instagram: Didn’t have one
About the Artist
I had the opportunity to experience the art work, Manos De Oro, by Dulce Soledad Ibarra who is a senior at CSULB pursuing her BFA in sculpture. She recently changed her major to Sculpture this year. Ibarra is the only artist in her family, she says that she tries to keep her art work simple and about her family so that her family can understand the art she is creating. Growing up she would see her father at work as a gardener and how his line of work is always under appreciated. So she wanted to create a gallery that showed her father’s line of work as actually being important because it’s important to the worker showing his hard work and time that he put into his job. She asked other gardeners in her fathers company to get their perspectives as a gardener.
Ibarra’s artwork consisted of gardening tools painted gold and displayed all through out the room. She had bags filled with grass in two corners of the room, the lawnmowers were also filled with grass to seem bigger. Square patches of fake grass were laid out with parts of gold tools laid on top of the grass. She also had a video playing of her father gardening and in some parts of the video it would be her gardening but in her father’s clothe. Many people didn’t notice this until she pointed it out, she was trying to show that many people don’t acknowledge this kind of work and never really look at the worker or the work they do.
Ibarra’s father is a gardener, which is where she got her inspiration and media from. She saw what her father did and appreciated it and wanted to portray his life and hard work he did to others. She was trying to portray that her father’s line of work always goes unacknowledged because people assume that it’s not important and just a job. Although it’s more than just that to the worker, she says that the worker see it as an opportunity to live a life here, being able to support their family and a way to show their hard work to the world. That’s where the gold tools come into the picture, she is trying to show that to them the tools they are using are far more valuable than they actually are because they see opportunities and way to support their family.
Synthesis / My Experience
When I went into Ibarra’s art gallery i understood what message she was trying to send. I had to read her summary and hear her talk about her work. When i heard her talk about her work i saw the passion of her work in her eyes and understood that her gallery goes deeper than just the art. I saw the love she felt about her father and all the hard work he did to support their family. I saw that she really appreciated the work he did and wanted everyone to see how hard of a worker he is, although he is a gardener.