Artist: Amy Duran
Exhibition: Forever By Your Side
Media: Ceramics, Mixed-Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
About the Artist
Amy Duran is in her senior year at CSULB’s School of Art. She will be graduating this May with her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, majoring in Ceramics. She transferred from Cypress Community College to CSULB to pursue her passion for art . Her interest in art has always been there ever since she was just a little girl. She has her own shop on Etsy where she sells special brooches that she makes herself using her ceramics skills. She also loves to decorate cakes in her leisure time. Duran is also a huge fan of vintage fashion and nail art. She currently lives in Buena Park with her family, where she loves to spend time with her puppy and her bunny.
Amy Duran’s specialty is in ceramics. Walking into her exhibition I saw a large doll house-like structure that one could walk into and see her art. Walking in to the dollhouse was like walking into to a storybook which is exactly what Duran wanted the viewer to experience. On the three walls, she showed us scenes that are the visuals for the fable that is being told on the pages of a beautiful gold story book by each station. The visuals are extremely detailed ceramic sculptures of people and animals she has created to accompany the story of a girl who is scared of growing apart from her inner child.
In her exhibition, Duran uses the story to express her own personal struggles of feeling like she never belongs and feeling anxiety of forgetting her inner child while moving on to become an independent young woman. In the visuals, she tells the viewer it is okay to feel afraid as an adult, and that after childhood we often feel a nurturing reassurance from the stories we read and watch. For this exhibition she created sculptures of toys and pets that she she once had claiming that it is with these things that we form our first and most intimate relationships with in our lives and that they are memories to be truly cherished.
After experiencing Amy Duran exhibition I was in complete awe. I fully agree with her that moving into adulthood can be an unknown and scary journey. It is easy for people to lose themselves in the journey. However, she encourages us to feel free to live our deepest imaginations and thoughts because that is where our inner-child will always be and unafraid to come out and play. Thank you Amy Duran, I truly loved every part of your exhibit! And also, I work with your boyfriend Andrew at Unleashed by Petco