Artist: Amy Duran
Exhibition: Forever by your Side
Gallery: CSULB School of Art
About the Artist:
Amy Duran is a Ceramics major at California State University, Long Beach. She is currently a Senior undergraduate student. She graduates this May 2017 with a BFA in Ceramics. She is from Buena Park in Orange County. Before going to Long Beach, she went to a community college in Cypress. She attended CSULB because they offered one of the best Ceramics program around. Other than ceramics, she has interests in baking and designing cakes. Her current age is 27.
There are ceramic structures and books telling a story. Attached, there are levers you can pull to make the structures move as well as have curtains that you can move. These interactive aspects allow the viewer to be more engaged with the story being told. The ceramic figures are both beautifully detailed and realistic, but some contain a cartoon-like qualities and shapes. The textures of the figures aren’t quite smooth, they seem to be a little jagged. There is a use of darker colors in her art pieces, but that may be due to the story being told is being done in a night time setting.
Amy Duran’s exhibit is trying to explain a coming of age story. She uses herself in the story and it is a story of becoming a woman, while holding onto past memories. The memories being represented were her own personal struggles. She felt like she was forgetting who she was as a child as time passes on. Amy visually shows relationships with animals and toys with a person, inspired by about her real toys and pets she had as a child. She delivers a really strong message in the story. She wants to show a different side to femininity by showing how powerful women can be. She also wants to show her memories of her as a child shouldn’t be forgotten, as they shaped her to how she is today.
Synthesis / My Experience
Visually, this exhibit was amazing and I applaud her for work and dedication. This exhibit reminded me that we are getting older every second, and I am getting further and further away from my past and my childhood with all these responsibilities we pick up as an adult. I was able to feel a little nostalgic, but reminded me memories can fade away. I still have a lot of memories of when I was younger, both good and bad, but mostly the embarrassing moments have stuck with me near permanently. However, I can’t completely remember all the years of my childhood any longer. It isn’t entirely negative however, as I believe all of these experiences in the past has most definitely shaped who I am today.