Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Media: tools and gold
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
On October 5, 2016 I interviewed Dulce Soledad Ibarra who attends California State University of Long Beach. She is currently a senior, so she is about to graduate this year. Her objective is to maintain a B.F.A Sculpture. Her media includes of video recording, objects,,,,,,. She is the first artist in her family, which is amazing. She is from Chino, California who is an artist.
She used real tools from her father and other gardeners that she interacted with. Then she covered some of the parts of the tools in gold. The significance of the gold surrounding some of the parts on the tools is that labor should be appreciated just as the value of gold, because labor is unacknowledged. In addition, she used real grass and weeds that were in the bags that she had in the gallery.
It took some time for her to come up with the concept of the show that was portrayed in the gallery. For instance, one of her first ideas is her being allergic to gold. However, the people in charge of the galleries were iffy about that idea. Then she decided to embrace the meaning of gold and that’s when pieces of her show started to take place. This idea came about last year. Her dad enjoys doing his job; he sees it as gold (precious and meaningful—unlike other people). She found this beautiful so she displayed a video of her dad doing labor outside, placed the tools that he’d use on the wall covered in gold, and the grass in the bags. The hands of gold can create amazing work. Her father out there doing hard labor and as for her in her art work contain the hands of gold.
The minute I saw the tools, such as the shovel, I related to her show. I do labor at my house every morning. I use a shovel every day to clean outside after my dogs. Then I get a rack to even out the dirt. I also get the big scissors to trim the bushes and tree around the house. I gather all the leaves and throw them away in the green trash can. In my neighborhood people always do labor every day and we do not shame one another; instead, we applaud each other’s effort for doing a ton of work because it is not easy. However, I have noticed that a group of people look down upon the people who do this especially for a living. They see them as dirty and unworthy. But those people need to see that these people (laborers) have the hands of gold.