ARTIST: AMY DURAN
EXHIBITION: FOREVER BY YOUR SIDE
GALLERY: MARILYN WERBY
SOCIAL MEDIA: INSTAGRAM – @POLKADOT.PONY
The artist of this exhibition Amy Duran is a senior at CSULB, who is going to graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with the emphasis in Ceramics. Based on this exhibition she demonstrates a reoccurring theme of discovering herself and coming of age as one has to accept the transformation from childhood to adulthood.
The material mostly used in this exhibition was ceramics which all the figures were made out of. In addition, this exhibition was an interactive fable where each part of the story was on a different wall and was introduced by gold pages on a book. In addition, music was played in the background as a form that I would say played a part in setting the mood. Allowing the audience feel like they were reading a childhood story or fairytale.
The meaning behind this exhibition is that the animals throughout the fable are pets that Amy had and whom were part of her childhood life. As the fable story goes she is venturing with a bear living life, yet she encounters a wolf who is the symbol that reassures her that she is growing up and has to acknowledge the fact that she is an adult. A well as she has to face the differences that society has for a woman. However, the impact these pets had in her life is something she will always carry with her and that is why she has a cemetery in the last scene in this story.
For me, this exhibition did impact me in the sense that it is hard to let go and face the world when you have to grow up and let go of one’s childhood. In addition, throughout my childhood I too along with my sisters had a couple pets growing up and many did pass away but where definitely a part in our lives.