Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Exhibition: Manos de Oro
Media: Video, Installation
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
For this week’s artist conversation, I was fortunate to get to hear from Dulce Soledad Ibarra, a student at the University of Long Beach currently enrolled in the sculpture art program. Dulce has achieved a numerous amount of success throughout her educational career. Although she did not attend college right after high school, she said her work experience and her parents inspired her to pursue a college level degree. Dulce now shares one of her most artistic design she has ever done.
Dulce Soledad Ibarra brought to the art gallery what seem to be artificial grass, gardening tools, small plastic motor engines, and lawnmowers. Although this may sound nothing out of the ordinary, she included one aspect to all her tools that made the art speak for itself. She enhanced her tools by color coating them in gold paint. Dulce says that having the chance to work with her dad growing up, and seeing her dad do yard work for many years, inspired her to design this unique piece. Her parents came to this country looking for better opportunities for Dulce and her siblings. And now that her siblings and her have made it to college, she feels that her parents’ hard work has paid off.
Even though landscaping may not be the greatest position in the world, it is a job that anyone should take pride in. It is very hard labor, and she said that her dad’s job is of great value. That is the reason why she decided to paint her dad’s tools, and lawnmowers gold. Although many people may not take it into consideration, she said that her parents’ work is what has given them so many opportunities in this world. It has given her and her family the opportunity to receive an education, and have a career they look forward to every day.
After hearing Dulce’s experiences and her parent’s experiences, I just wanted to congratulate her and her parents too. More importantly, I made a connection with her because my parents have also given my siblings and I many opportunities because of their hard labor. I enjoyed seeing her art work and I enjoyed the video she had of her dad doing labor. It was very inspirational and I would love for her to continue sharing her experiences with the world.