Artist: Amy Duran Exhibition: Love Houses Media: Ceramics Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery Website: NA Instagram: @polkadot.pony
About the Artist:
This week, for artist conversation, it was a very different from the other times because the artists were selling the art. We got to saw a vast array of ceramic cups, mugs, plates, ornaments, etc., all made by artists here at CSULB! I talked to an artist named Amy Duran, one of the artists for the display. She is currently a senior in the Ceramics BFA program. She is almost done with school, with only one more semester to go. At this moment, Amy isn’t planning to go to grad school. She works as a cake decorator, which helps her with her sculpting techniques. She has always been interesting in sculpting/art things. In her free time, she likes to decorate cakes paint, and work on stop motion puppets. Her favorite movies are fantasy-based, like Harry Potter.
It was very eye-opening to see how much time they put into each ceramic. When talking to Amy, she said that one piece would take 6 hours for her to do. One work of hers that really caught my eye was a ceramic piece telling the story of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. I was so intrigued, mostly at the trees. It’s amazing how she made the trees out of ceramic and with her own hands. Her other work included using liquid clay to paint on frosting or using a piping bag to design her ceramic vases.
As I talked more to Amy, she told me about how she like to use fairy tales to retell a story using her own perspective. For the Little Red Riding Hood piece, she used the same characters, but instead, she spun the story so that the piece showed that the wolf was in love with the Little red riding hood, but couldn’t be with her because the hunter thought he was bad. I thought that was an interesting thing to do. The name for her exhibition, Lovehouses, directly comes from her and her partner’s name. Her partner, last name Luis Casa, made up the second part of name, since casa means house. Love derived from Amy’s name, which in french, translates to love.
It was such a great experience to walk through a gallery like this. These artists have so much creativity and skill for producing these kinds of artwork. Although the majority seemed to be vases, cups and plates, I could see each artist having their own signature mark on each one. With Amy, it was her flowers, On others, it was the color pattern or the simplicity. Before talking to Amy, I thought to myself that these were a little pricey. But after hearing how much hard work they put in to these, I could see why. All in all, it was fun and I hope the best to Amy and her art career.