Artist: Amy Duran
Exhibition: Forever By Your Side
Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery
Instagram: Amys Instagram
About the Artist
Today I had the pleasure of seeing Amy Duran’s “Forever By Your side” Exhibition. As I was soon to learn, Amy is a senior at Cal State Long Beach studying in the School of Fine Arts Ceramics department. Amy explained that she loved arts since she was young and transferred from a different school to major in the fine arts. Amy also currently works as a cake decorator at A Wish and A Whisk Cakes. It nice to see the similarity between her cake decorating skills on her Instagram and her work in ceramics.
As I walked into Amy’s exhibit, I first noticed the room that had been created in the middle of the derby gallery. it was small but aesthetically pleasing. Walking inside, you notice the different colors, all of them a light hue of the primary colors. The small sets of figurines are also apparent with the books before each set. The books and the fonts used inside them look like those from a princess story or fairytale which goes with the overall theme of the exhibition. The figurines convey the theme wonderfully, giving any eerie feeling to the observer but also pulling you in with intrigue.
In Amy’s artist statement, she speaks of the theme of her exhibition showing a side of femininity mixed with the struggles of her personal life which include a feeling that she never quite belonged, the process of her forgetting her childhood, and her struggle to feel empowered by her own sexuality. All these themes are prominent throughout the exhibition with the little girl figurines going through changes both good and bad throughout the “story” in the exhibition. She also states that its important to keep a strong bond with the toys and pets one has as a child as a way to remember them and never forget they are some reasons that made you the person you are today. She also challenge classic femininity with her ideal femininity which is empowerment through sexual exploration.
Synthesis / My Experience
I couldn’t agree more with Amy’s theme and what she is trying to convey with her art. Her idea of never forgetting your childhood memories resonated with me because I also believe it is important to never forget the roots from which you come from. These past memories and events are what made you who you are today and they should keep affecting your life in a positive manner, helping you grow more and more each day. Her challenge against the traditional femininity is also very powerful, the idea of empowerment through sexual exploration. I concur that it is a great way to show the strength and resilience of women.