Artist: Krystal Ramirez
Exhibition: La Cena Esta Servida, Dinner is Served
Media: Copper, brass, sterling silver, pewter
Gallery: CSULB School of Art,
Orange County native Krystal Ramirez is one talented metalworker. She has done well creating an image for herself while earning her BFA in the CSULB School of Arts 3D Media with option in Metal. Ramirez took a jewelry making class while in high school at the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana. She fell in love with it and has been honing her craft ever since.
The art represent a mixture of everyday items such as utensils and more decorative items such as scissors and paper weights. Upon entry the pieces have clear unity. The platforms from which each piece lay is unfinished pine which allows the true shape and design of each piece to stand on its own, however. The designs are clean with no more emphasis on one piece than another. The texture of each piece is very smooth with minor perfected imperfections. The shapes are either take on a geometric or smooth and curved form. These forms complement each other. The pewter, copper, sterling silver, and brass also complement – however see the striking copper as standing out from the more subdued counterparts. The set up has functional rhythm as the audience is taken around the dinner table.
Ramirez is bubbly and has a clear passion for her work. She describes her work as complimentary – each building up to or eluding to another. She gets inspiration from “her people” as she calls them. The connections she has with “her people” breath life into her work and fuel the passion behind the process in crafting the pieces. This particular gallery holds a special place because she sees the dinner table as one of the best ways to connect with her people and make connections with new people. Thus the idea came about to take these pieces that were inspired by those close to her in her life and place them around the table – setting the table with their representations.
Stepping into the studio you feel as if you are stepping into a dining room. Reading the artist’s reasons and connections to the dinner table struck home with me. As a nutrition major I believe in the true power sitting at the dinner table has on the health and well-being of individuals. I believe that if we all took the time to sit and actually enjoy our meals in the presence of company we would all be a little more healthy. I instantly fell in love with the idea behind Ramirez’s work and she accomplished making a connection with me. I will surely follow Ramirez’s future works!