Wk7-Artist Conversation-Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Exhibition: Manos de Oro

Media: Installation

Gallery: CSULB Gallery School of Art, Gatov-East

Website: www.dulcesoledadibarra.com

Dulce Ibarra is currently working on her BFA degree in CSULB School of Arts Sculpture program. Dulce attended high school where the majority of students were white, she has five siblings and grew up in the projects in a very humble family that worked their way up. Her dad was her inspiration for this exhibition because she is very proud of who her father is and what her father does. Although jobs like being a gardener might be jobs that are overlooked Dulce saw the true beauty of what her fathers hands do. Her dad is still working as much as he always has and Dulce saw what in English translates to Hands of Gold.

Manos de Oro includes installation that features gardening tools and a video that features Dulce’s father.  Her art work was very inspirational and it was something that I can relate to. We may not have the same background but we have similar backgrounds growing up for example the work our parents had to do or how much our parents had to work. As a child we don’t really appreciate the work our parents do but observing Dulce’s art work really made me think about the jobs my mom has done and how she does have gold hands. The way that Ibarra painted the gardening tools with gold really made a point that not only her father’s hand are gold but also the tools he uses have great value.

Like Dulce stated that hands “meet in the intersection of labor as a craft and labor as a means of survival. They will themselves to create.” Her appreciation for her father’s hands is very admirable and not only does she say that her father has gold hands working to survive but at the same time he is crafting an art.


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