wk7 – Artist Conversation – Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Exhibition: Manos De Oro
Media: Videotagraphy, Sculpture
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L Gatov East Gallery
Website: www.dulcesoledadibarra.com
Instagram: N/A

Dulce Soledad Ibarra a Mexican-American artist who is currently attending California State University, Long Beach. Ibarra is perusing a BFA but currently has a AA from Chaffey College which she has received in 2014. She is about to graduate CSULB in Spring 2017. Most of Ibarra art is influenced off of her Mexican heritage as well as her parents. Her parent we so excite to see one of her art pieces. This was Ibarra first exhibit that was done alone.

Mano De Ore is based around Ibarra father and the labor he does as a gardener. Ibarra father is 70 years old and still works hard everyday in the heat, or cold. The exhibit displays garden tools and large bags of grass which she collected herself. She took a video of her father working, which she stated was probably the hardest part of the exhibit. Not because filming is hard or anything but editing the video was tricky and hard to get the parts she liked to show her dad as a gardener. Ibarra metioned something that stood out to me, she claimed her had has “Savior guilt” which is when you come to America to make a better living to help family back home but are unable to do so. However, they are successful but not as much to help out a lot.

I think the reason this exhibit stood out to me the most was for the fact that since my family came to America for a better opportunity as well as a desire to eventually help out family back in Mexico. I can relate to the fact that her dad is a hard working man but sometime no matter how hard your work it still might not be enough to do what you can for your family. I personally seen my family struggle but do what they can for my other family when they are in need of help. Many people dont see or notice what is done to provide for family, I current see this a lot at work, I see most of the cooks working two jobs in one day them being tired at the end of the shift. But they have to do what they have to so they can afford everything needed for their family, and this is what I kinda took from this exhibit.



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