Wk 13- Artist Conversation- Krystal Ramirez

Artist: Krystal Ramirez

Exhibition: La Cena Esta Servida

Media: Copper, Brass, Sterling Silver, Pewter 

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery

Website: www.kgrmetalcraft.com

Instagram: @kgrmetalcraft

About the Artist

Ramirez is a third year Bachelor of Fine Arts student at Cal State Long Beach, specializing in Metal Smithing and Jewelry Design.  You may know her beautiful earrings and planters sold at the on campus holiday sale.  Ramirez is a Huntington Beach native and has big dreams for her brand.  In the next few years she hopes to get an internship, continuing to work on her website and brand.

Formal Analysis

La Cena Esta Servida exhibit encompasses Ramirez’s memories at the dinner table with her family.  Her work with the various types of metals is remarkable.  She chose to work with brass, copper, sterling silver, and pewter.  These elements, combined with the wood give the viewer a taste for an art that’s more complex.  This is a very interactive exhibit, and the placement of the various forks, knives, cups, and glasses engage the viewer to sit down and take part. It flows really well.  

Content Analysis

In speaking to Ramirez, it became clear to me that the time spent with her family at the dinner table was sacred.  It became the inspiration for this exhibit.  It was refreshing to see art like Ramirez’s because all the viewers in the room felt like part of a family, or at least I did! Observing her family create beautiful meals out of simple ingredients and then eating the meals together was very special to her.  She created the utensils, plates, and glasses in the same way her family created something from “nothing.”

Synthesis / My Experience

Ramirez’s exhibit was really interesting to look at. I come from a family where eating dinner together is important.  Lately I haven’t partaken in the sacred ritual as much just because of the responsibilities I have as a student.  It was nice to be able to see a dinner table on campus. It made me want to sit down and eat a nice meal from the beautiful pieces she made.

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