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Wk15 – Artist Conversation – Amy Duran

Exhibition Information

Artist: Amy Duran
Exhibition: CSULB Art Sale: Love Houses
Media: Ceramics
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov-East & Gatov-West
Website: N/A
Instagram: polkadot.pony

About the Artist00119

Amy Duran originally transferred from Cypress College and is now a senior at CSULB currently pursuing her BFA in Ceramics. Amy’s two artistic interests include sculpting and stop-motion animation. She mentioned that she is inspired by fairy tales and incorporates that into her work. She also hopes to work with Pixar Animation Studios one day.Amy’s hobbies include painting, cake decorating, and watching movies.

Formal Analysis and Content Analysis

0018When you first walk in, all around the room will be pieces of art ranging from vases, cups, plates, sculptures, jewelry, and more. It was a bit overwhelming being around all these pieces because I can be clumsy… but I didn’t break anything so it turned out okay! This exhibit is actually in collaboration with Amy’s friend, Luis Casas. He made the vases while Amy decorated them. The vases that Amy made had intricate floral patterns and you can tell that her cake decorating skills came in handy to make these complicated designs. Her work seemed to have a similar base for everything in that they all have either a black or brown background. The flowers on her pieces looked as if they were drawn onto them, but some of them came out 3D which I thought was totally cool and different. It added some texture to the piece and gave it more perspective. Another of of her works was the girl, wolf, and man in the apple trees. I thought it was really cute and noticed how fantasy like it seemed which makes sense because of her inspiration that comes from fairy tales.

Synthesis / My Experience

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I really liked Amy Duran’s pieces and wish I was not so cheap so I could support her. Her work definitely fits in well with my own personal aesthetics. I love flowers and the concept of fairy tales so for an artist to create pieces with these is amazing! I hope one day I’ll have somewhere in my house to decorate at least one of her vases with because in its current state, I would not be able to show it off properly lol. I wish Amy luck in her future endeavors!

P.S. Not all pieces shown belong to Amy Duran. They were also in the gallery and I liked them so I wanted to post them here too.


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Wk15 – Art Experience – Finger Painting

00123The last art activity for the semester was finger painting. In the art kit we were provided with three tiny pots of paint and a large poster paper. The colors I got were black, pink, and orange. I was really happy I got pink because it is my favorite color! I honestly did not know how to even begin finger painting so I just put most of the paint on a paper plate and then had another plate of water to clean off my fingers sometimes.00124I started with the black paint first because there was so much of it and for some reason the orange paint I had was a little dried up so I could not use much of it like I did with the black and pink. 0015As for the actual finger painting, I originally started just doing random strokes and swirls on the paper with the paint and eventually begin smearing it to make it less “heavy.” After a while I wanted to do simple drawings so I drew a sun with all the colors given to me, a pink bunny to represent D.Va from the game Overwatch, a heart, a circle, and then wrote my name to “sign” my work.  I also realized that the colors I had could make a sunset so I tried to blend the colors into each other but I think the black came out too harsh against the orange.00114I think this was a fun experience just because I never get to play or create with paint. Whenever I draw it’s usually on random notebook paper with a pencil or pen so being able to use paint and my fingers was different. I thought the experience of making something with no subject was easy. I did not feel restrained to try and imitate something that I’ve seen and was able to freely just paint what I felt.00113This finger painting is pretty different, yet similar from our graffiti writing activity because with the latter, we had to write our names with paint and with the former we are free to just draw. In fact, I think this may be the most art-like activity in this Art 110 class that I was expecting to do lol! It was still similar in the sense that we were just creating our own art though. I had fun with this activity and would be willing to do it again for fun!

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