Week 7- Artist Conversation- Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Exhibition Information:

Artist Name: Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Artist Tag: None

Link to Artist Website: dulcesoledadibarra.com

Exhibition: Manos De Oro

Media: Sculpture, Illustration, Painting

Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East

About the Artist: 

Dulce Soledad Ibarra is simply a woman of gratitude. She honors her family and the hard work that they are committed too, especially her dad. Her art work is that I viewed is based on her dad and his hard work that he carries with pride. She grew up in Chino Hills but moved to Norco and attended high school there. She explained that Norco was a very white area but her family decided to move there because they owned a lot of land and it was cheaper. She enjoys making vines because they’re accessible. She also enjoys watching Netflix and hanging out with friends. Her favorite food is Tai food but she mentioned that there is nothing better than her mom’s home cooked meals. Dulce volunteers in a lot of community work. She holds a workshop with children, discussing the history about art and teaching them about the many things that are accessible to them and what was not accessible to her at a young age. She also makes pinatas and helps children make them as well. Dulce really gives back to her community and makes her family proud. As she brought her family to see her exhibition, they showed no emotion at first until they really seen it and its meaning, then they were filled with happiness and even happy tears. Although she hasn’t been in sculpture for a long time, she is working her way towards a BFA in Sculpture and thinking about going to Grad school outside of California.

Formal Analysis: 

As I walked into the gallery, her art work displayed a song called Mi Viejo by a Columbian singer named Piero, that gave me the chills. The video of her dad was beautiful as there was different angles of him working. The different angles made it interesting and made me want to see more. Although his work is viewed as labor, it’s something more than that. Also, the tools that he uses to work stood out because majority of them had gold on it. Although it was simple, it had a lot of meaning.

Context Analysis:

“Manos De Oro” was a connection between Dulce’s father and his hard work along with his pride. The gold presented on the tools represented a significant value in general. She admires the gold because both her and her father are allergic to jewelry so it’s something that they share. Also, it meant that her father’s hands are made out of gold. The work that her father does is with pride. In the video, you can see him happy as he’s working. Her work portrays some sort of guilt as she is fortunate to get the opportunities that she has. She sometimes feels guilty that she has all these advantages while her father continues to work. However, it’s generation guilt because her father also feels guilty as he’s working and his father is in Mexico. Therefore, her work shows her appreciation for her father. She mentioned that she is not ashamed nor embarrassed of who her father is and what kind of work he does.

Synthesis/ My Experience:

Although I do not share a big bond with my father, this piece of art made me appreciate the things that I have. It made me realize that I am fortunate to have many things and advantages because of my parents. It also taught me that hard work comes along way and happiness can be a result of the hard work that you put in. Also, when I was viewing the gallery, I instantly felt as if I was with her dad, watching him work. Dulce Soledad Ibarra taught me to be grateful for the things that our parents provide us with and to do our best for them and make them proud. Also, she taught me to have pride in who we are and where we come from. We shouldn’t be ashamed or embarrassed of our family and I do not feel that way at all. Her art was really beautiful and made me realize a lot.

I took a few pictures of her work as well as a video of her father working.

Video of Dulce Soledad Ibarra’s Art



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