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. Her major is Ceramics. She transferred to CSULB to pursue her love for art from Cypress Community College. Duran has always had an interest in the arts ever since she was a little girl. She currently has her own shop on Etsy where she sells special brooches she makes herself using her ceramics talents. She also loves to decorate cakes in her leisure time. Duran is also a huge fan of vintage fashion and nail art. She currently resides in Buena Park with her family where she loves to spend time with her puppy and her bunny.
Duran’s specialty is in ceramics. Upon, walking into her exhibition I was met with 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 presents 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 intricate 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.
I walked away from Amy Duran exhibition in awe. I completely agree with her that moving into adulthood can be quite a scary journey. It is easy for people to lose themselves in the journey. However, Duran encourages us to feel free to live out our deepest imaginations because that is where our inner-child will always be alive and unafraid to come out and play.