Artist: Amy Duran
Exhibition: Love Houses
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery
About the Artist
The artist, Amy Duran is an Undergraduate student at California State University, Long Beach and is working towards her BFA degree in the School of Art’s Ceramics Program. She began her education at Cypress College and is now going to be graduating from CSULB next semester. Although she does not plan on going to Graduate School, she is hoping to one day intern for Pixar. Aside from focusing her artistic abilities on school, she also uses them for her hobby, cake decorating, which often includes flower pattern designs such as the designs seen on her pots in this exhibition. Other hobbies include painting and watching movies.
“Love Houses” was an art exhibition featuring several pots all of earth tone colors with white flower pattern design. The ceramic pots designs were made by another artist, Luis Casas, on paper and Amy Duran handmade them using a pottery wheel. She also piped the design. The detailing was made using well blended liquid clay. The exhibition also included a set of what she called “story sculptures”, which included a girl in a blue dress with apples, an apple tree with a “WANTED”poster of a wolf and a wolf behind an apple tree.
During the interview, Duran stated that the title of the exhibition, “Love Houses”, was inspired by both their names. In French, Amy means ‘love’ and Casas in Spanish means ‘houses’. The story sculptures, she says, actually don’t have a story that’s already told. She creates them with the intention of allowing her viewers to create their own story. Her love for movies often inspires and influences her art work. For example, The Little Red Riding Hood influenced the story sculptures in this exhibition.
My dad and my grandma both have a passion for gardening and part of that includes having an eye for pots and vases. For this reason, while growing up I remember going to this place in Mexico where a man made and sold tons of pots for plants and also just for decor. They were all shapes and sizes but each one had very detailed designs which made them so unique and beautiful. We now have a few in my background. Looking at the vases in this exhibition reminded of that. Also, I was reminded of my experience of taking a ceramics class in high school. I must say, it was a lot harder than I expected. I understood the hard work and patience that it took to create these pieces.