Artist: Amy Duran
Exhibition: Forever by your Side
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
About the Artist
Amy Duran was not present during the interview but a friend was able to answer a few questions Duran transferred to Long Beach in her third year. She is an artist that focuses on her past and her struggles with anxiety. She works hard to show another side of femininity to better inform people of what it really means. She is also a cake decorator. She loves baking things in her free time as well as decorating cakes.
A lot of the content is childhood toys, things that are found, sticks, feathers, dye, and things that are made like ceramics. There are a few provocative scenes used with dolls. In addition, many childrens toys were manipulated to create a more adult scene. There was also a book that was used to tell the story that is happening and some of the scenes had a lever to pull to make things move.
Duran’s work encompasses her struggle with anxiety as well as sexuality. This exhibit is similar to her others. It is about the coming of age and discovering sexuality in childhood. The toys are suppose to tie everything back to childhood so it can not be forgotten. It also shows a new way to observe femininity and embrace it.
Synthesis / My Experience
I definitely got the part about discovering sexuality and being curious as to why things are and why we are attracted to those things. I was able to obtain that from the scenes with the doll dressed up. As well as the plot that the book illustrates. I liked the exhibit because it moves into an area most people do not talk about or acknowledge. It is almost taboo but the way this is presented is very clear and interesting to follow.