Artist: Dulce Soledad
Exhibit: Manos De Oro
Gallery: Gustov East
This week Dulce Soledad presented her exhibit Manos De Oro. She is a senior here at Cal State Long Beach working on her bachelors of Fine Arts in Sculpturing. She works at a non profit museum, which she has been at for five years now. She did sculptural work there then transitioned into sculpting over painting. Dulce just got into her program here at school. Soledad is of Mexican descent first generation American also known as Chicana. Soledad was raised and able to go to college because of her father’s hard work as a landscaper for the past 40 years. A job that he still does to this day in his seventies.
Manos De Oro is a sculpture exhibit. The exhibit displays sculptures of golden hands and landscaping equipment with with real life yard trimmings. There is a video playing of Dulce’s father working diligently on a yard. This is all brought together by a gentle spanish song about a man growing old playing. The use of gold is used to show value.
Manos De Oro is an ode to Dulce’s father and his hard work. Dulce used gold to show pride and value in the work that her father does. His gold hands working to provide for his family. Dulce’s exhibit Manos De Oro is also an expression of her Mexican culture. A culture rooted with pride and hard work. Men like Dulce’s father who came to America with the dream of supplying for their families and building a future. Dulce’s father is humbled by survivors guilt because he knows that not everyone is blessed with coming to the United States. Dulce also suffers from survivor’s guilt as she uses her own hands of gold for craft while her father uses his gold hands for survival. There is a sense of sadness in the exhibit as she knows her father is getting old.
I really related with Dulce’s art exhibit because I am also Chicano. As a Chicano myself I am familiar with the culture she speaks of and the countless stories of hardworking immigrant families who take pride in their work. Immigrants like my uncle Salvador who as a twelve year old child would shine shoes to survive. Coming to the United States gave him the opportunity to serve his country and receive his doctorates in law. It gives me allot of pride when I see the hustle that my culture goes through especially when I see my people selling oranges and elotes on the streets. It makes me proud because instead of sitting on the side of the street asking for money, they are standing there hustling to survive.