Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Exhibition: Manos De Oro
Gallery: Max L. Gotov Gallery East
Media: Mixed Media Installation
About the Artist
Dulce Soledad Ibarra is an undergraduate student at California State University, Long Beach striving to achieve her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Sculpture. She has plans to attend graduate school but is not sure exactly where, but she does mention she would like to go out of state. Dulce has also been working with non profit organizations around the community for the past five years. In those organizations she works with youth teaching them about art. One of the things she mentioned she enjoyed teaching was about piñatas. She not only teaches the students how to make piñatas but she also teaches them about the history of piñatas. She explained to us how the original Mexican piñata has seven cones attached to it, and those seven comes represent the seven deadly sins. I was very fascinating to learn that interesting fact. Other than academics and volunteer work, Dulce spends her free time binge watching on Netflix. She says her favorite food is Thai food almost as much as she loves her mother’s cooking. There is no food better than moms food!
Dulce’s exhibition is called “Manos De Oro” which translates to “Hands of Gold.” Her exhibition refers to her fathers hard working hands. She explained that the high school she attended was mostly white privileged more upper middle class students while on the other hand, she was brown, Mexican on the lower class side. Thus, when her classmates asked her what her father did for living she admits she was always embarrassed to tell them. This is where she got the idea for her exhibit, as she began to grow, she began to acknowledge and really appreciate all the hard work her father was doing in order to raise his family. The exhibition consisted of gold spray painted lawn mowers spread around the room, bags of freshly cut grass and branches in the corners of the room and lastly a heart touching video of her father doing yard work. She explained that she chose “Oro” or “Gold” because it is perceived as valuable and most people would love to posses it. In her exhibit the fold represents her fathers hands because they have been superfluously hard working and she admires her father it.
Since I stepped a foot in Dulce’s exhibition I literally got chills all over my body, I just connected to it. As you walk in you smell the freshly cut grass and you hear the song “Mi viejo” by Piero de Benedectis playing. For me that was it, as I was watching the video of her father cutting the grass along with the song playing in the background, tears started rolling down my eyes. My father passed away two years ago on October 4, and like her father, my father was too very hardworking. I remember him every Monday doing our yard work it was like a flashback. I began to reminisce those times he would spend all day cleaning not only our yard but he would help our elderly neighbor and my sisters house as well. Our fathers were raised to work for what they wanted and our fathers just wanted the best for their children. They want every generation to be better than the next so that we wouldn’t have to work as hard as they they did. His hands were always dirty and full of blisters so that our hands would not have to be that way. I learned to appreciate everything he did for our family, I admire , appreciate and respect him because his hands are too worth gold. Overall, I loved this exhibition because it made me feel connected to my father again.