Artist: Amy Duran
Exhibition: Forever By Your Side
Media: Ceramics, Mixed-Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
About the Artist
Amy is a senior here at CSULB. She is finishing out here last semester here at CSULB and will be walking the stage this May with a Bachelor’s degree in the fine arts. She transferred here to CSULB from Cypress college with a degree in ceramics. Amy grew up with a passion for art and she still has that passion today. She sells a lot of her work on a website called etsy. She likes to spend time with her family along with her dog and bunny.
Upon walking into the exhibit, you see a pink house and nothing else in the room. The exhibition was very well put together and obviously had a lot of time and effort put into it. The pieces were interactive will pulley levers which animated her ceramic pieces. Immediately upon walking into the house, there is a sense of being in a fairytale. Each piece had a book with a piece of the story she was trying to tell, much like in the opening and closing of the movie Shrek. The story is about a girl who fears growing up and leaving her childhood behind.
The exhibition itself is a metaphor for what Amy feels. Much like the girl in the story, Amy feels she has lost sight of her childhood self now that she is an adult. In the story, the girl has many toys, one of which being a teddy bear which she loves dearly. Amy explains that it is these toys that we reside all of our childhood dreams and memories with. Besides with our families, these toys in which we spend almost all of childhood with are our first relationships, even though they are inanimate objects.
My experience at the Exhibition was one to remember. Amy went above and beyond to create this incredibly display while also showing a side of herself and sharing a part of her past. I can relate to Amy’s message of forgetting our childhood selves because I also feel disconnected from what I once believed as a kid. Although normal, I never want to forget what it’s like to be a kid. Amy’s work and effort displayed in this exhibition shows her passion for art and I am certain she will thrive in her field. I wish the best of luck to Amy.