Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Exhibition: Manos De Oro
Media: Sculpture, Paint
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gavtov Gallery East
Instagram: N/A; Coming soon
This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Dulce Soledad Ibarra, who is twenty-five years old. She had an interest in BFA Sculpture and is a senior undergraduate at CSULB. She’s from Chino, California. To start off, she didn’t expect things to happen the way they did. It took her a long time to come up with the idea and she started by making small things. Later, she realized she wanted a big display and then signed up for an art gallery. She waited on people to give her machines for her project and recorded a lot of people’s opinions on her project. She think that it took her less time than most people spend on their projects, using paints and sculpting her work into life.
She talked about her brother and that she had a lot of siblings. She used to live in the projects and came from very humble beginnings. Her parents always worked and even to this day, they work, which is something she really admires. Family is really important to her since she came from a place with a one story home with 9 people living there. Her dad is incredibly important to her as she reminisced about how her dad would always freely work on the house and share a lot of fun bickering with him on how to do the house here and there.
When she went to high school, she felt different since a lot of people were white. Once when someone asked her what her father did for work, she told them that he was a gardener and grew to feel ashamed when people laughed at her for it. She grew up to transform that shame to respect for her father’s hard work and, in this project, made a connection with her father’s hands and machines, always working constantly. Guilt about not talking about it and feeling embarrassed about it helped her cross the bridge of embarrassment and grow. With a realistic but optimistic outlook, she was able to realize who she is and pursue art even though she knew that pursuing art was a difficult passion to pursue and succeed in.
When I saw her work, I felt a sense of cultural embrace and love for nature within her work. I loved the feeling that I got from all of it, very cheerful and putting you in a place–somewhere wonderful. The hints of gold on her pieces appealed to me because of the aesthetic touch and I felt that it was very beautiful. Minorities work all the time and I think it is important to pay respects to the people that can always be seen working their hardest.