wk 7 – Manos De Oro

Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Exhibition: Manos De Oro

Media: Sculpture, Video, Multi-media

Gallery: Gatov Gallery East

Website: dulcesoledadibarra.com

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Dulce is an undergraduate student at CSU Long Beach working toward her Bachelor of Fine Arts under the sculpture department. Her home in the United States with her immediate family lies in Chico, California, while her extended family lives in Mexico. Dulce’s family has a background of hard physical labor, but they have proudly used it to earn themselves a comfortable lifestyle.


When you first glance in the gallery, you notice the colors green and gold. The objects in the gallery are tools used for landscaping, such as a shovel, rake, and lawn mower. These objects were placed around the room in such a way that made the viewer feel as if they were in a museum looking at historical artifacts of high value. A video was playing of Dulce’s father doing his landscaping work, and the viewer could see the content expression on his face and hear him whistling a song while he did his work.


The landscaping tools were decorated in gold to show how to Dulce and her family, as well as may others, they are more than just tools to maintain a yard. They are tools used to make a living and create art, therefore they carry the value of gold. Hiding inside one of the piles of yard waste in the corner of the room was a gold casting of Dulce’s father’s hands. She illustrated that “all hands are made of gold, but some hands are left invisible under the sun, covered in grease and the greenery of another man’s land.”


Dulce’s work is beautiful to look at, and the meaning behind it is even more beautiful. Through hard, physical labor, her family earns their living. While many American families obtain their gold through taking advantage of other people, Dulce’s family earns their gold with their hands, which makes it much more valuable. Her representation of hard-working hands as gold attempts to give viewers a deeper appreciation of physical labor than they might already have.


Wk 3 – “What kind of art has had the biggest impact on your life today?”


This week I met Jose Perez, or JP. He’s a business major but is still undecided about what he wants to do with his degree. He’s an LA native who loves hip hop music. I asked him what kind of art has had the most impact on his life, and he replied that hip hop has always been something that he goes to if he needs to relax, let loose, or just wants to hang out. He claimed that it’s nothing more personal than being able to vibe to it, but music allows a person to sort out their emotions, no matter the genre.

Week 2 – “Is art actually important in today’s world?”


Art comes in so many different forms, it’s almost impossible to count them all, so of course it’s important. I spoke with Jamie (pictured), Brandon and Gian (not pictured) about our answer to this question, and the discussion seemed to focus more on functional art, like architecture. Designing and building a structure in a way that serves its purpose best while being visually appealing is an art. The way the interior is furnished is also a form of art. Whether the building is a home or office, it’s important to have an appropriate and comfortable set-up. And since buildings don’t just appear out of nowhere, furnished and decorated and everything, it’s up to the builder’s or decorator’s imagination and creativity to put all the pieces together.

Week 1 – “Who is your favorite artist, and Why?”



Pamela Ajoste is a pre-nursing student with a beautiful smile at California State University, Long Beach. She and I sat together on the first day of our Art 110 class, and we got to talking and learned a few things about each other. I learned that her favorite artist is the Japanese cartoon director Hayao Miyazaki. Her favorite work of his is titled “Spirited Away.” I find it interesting that her favorite artist is a director because his artwork isn’t something that you look at for a few seconds, think about, then move on to the next piece. Miyazaki’s work unfolds over time, and leaves an impression after viewing it.