Week 10- Artist Conversation- Amy Duran

Artist: Amy Duran

Media: ceramics

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Instagram: @polkadot.pony

CSULB undergraduate Amy Duran is working toward her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the School of Art’s ceramic program. She is set to graduate this spring. Prior to CSULB, she attended Crypress Community College and then transferred. Amy says that she has been into art ever since she was a little girl. She enjoys baking cakes and making ceramic things. One day she says she would like to make props for movies.

Amy’s work is of ceramic pieces. These pieces are of animals and of a woman. They are all painted and sculpted nicely. These ceramic pieces are small in size. Upon walking into the exhibit, there are square openings in which her artwork is seen. The whole exhibit is in an “L” formation. It is very interesting because her art is interactive. There is a lever that is to be pulled for her ceramic art pieces to move.

Amy’s art in this exhibit tells a story. On every opening she has, there is an open book. Her artwork is displaying the story she is trying to tell. It is a coming of age story of a girl becoming a woman while holding on to her past memories. Amy admits that her story is based on her personal struggles of never feeling like she belongs. She says that this exhibit she created was to let adults know that it is okay to feel frightened after their childhood is over. The animals depicted in her pieces are her old pets. She believes that keeping those memories close to her is what made her who she is today.

I think Amy’s work was very nice. I think it all looked amazing. I really appreciate her making it interactive for her viewers. It was cool to see the artwork move in that certain way. It makes the exhibit all the more fun. I love that it was a walk-through exhibit that tells a story. I love the idea of her depicting her story through her ceramic pieces. I loved this exhibit of hers and I would love to see more of her work in the future.

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