Artist: Amy Duran
Exhibition:Forever by your Side
Gallery:Marilyn Werby Gallery
About the Artist
I wasn’t able to learn much information about her unfortunately because she wasn’t there in person and I had to rely on her brother for most of the information, so apologies in advanced Glenn What I did learn from her; however, is that she is currently attending CSULB as a senior while she pursues a BFA in the Ceramic. On her spare time ,when she isn’t busy doing school work, she will create different kinds of art pieces (not just ceramic based) and she is a cake decorator on the side while attending school. Her gallery is focused about her as a young girl who takes on a journey in finding out who she really is.
Upon entering the gallery of “Forever by your side”, you will notice the quiet sound of music playing in the background as the tiny room is displayed with little panels displaying cute figurines of a young girl and several animals. Each panel (excluding the last one) features a moveable stick which will move the set piece in a certain direction to give the audiences a better look at the art pieces. Alongside each panel, a book is featured with a sort of “narration” going on which gives some background as to what is going on in that “scene”. The way the gallery is set up, the art pieces are telling a story of a young girl discovering who she is and what her purpose in this world is.
First and foremost, I love how the art gallery clearly gives a story for the audience to tune into. For Amy Duran, this felt like a “coming of age for woman” where she was slowly leaving her childlike state as she was turning into a young adult. She tells us through her art pieces and written paragraphs that she is scared of growing up, she fears for herself but it is something that we must all do at some point in our lives. Also, the way it is laid out is wonderful, you have to do almost a 180 degree turn around the room to experience the whole masterpiece. Couple that with the slow playing music in the background, and the gallery really is something unique on its own.
Synthesis / My Experience
All in all, I had a great time viewing this art gallery as soon as I walked into the room. The work that Amy has presented today really feels unique and stands out from the other galleries that I encountered that day. It truly is a shame that the artist herself was not able to answer some of my questions but I appreciate her work for what it is.