- Artist: Krystal Ramirez
- Exhibition: La Cena Esta Servida (Dinner Is Served)
- Media: Metal and Jewelry
- Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
- Website: http://www.kgrmetalcraft.com
- Instagram: @kgrmetalcraft
About the Artist
CSULB student Krystal Ramirez is a metalsmith artist working toward her BFA degree in the School of Art’s Metal and Jewelry Program.
Krystal had a dinner arrangement for her exhibition. However, there was not food on the table, there were barely even any dinner related objects on the table, yet they all seemed like they belonged there. The objects were, for the most part, made of copper and brass. Some were made of material that I’ve never heard of, like cubic zirconia. The objects were smooth, shiny and simple in appearance.
This exhibit makes a strong statement in the sense that these pieces are no different from the food that people make from raw materials and from the love and efforts from the creator’s heart to be enjoyed and shared with others at the dinner table. This statement comes from the nostalgic feeling Krystal gets from her time at the dinner table, sharing stories and truths with one another each developing the relationship they have with each other.
I really liked Krystal’s exhibit because I found to be so aesthetically pleasing. I have always been fond of simplistic yet strong art and this met my personal criteria. All the pieces were so clean and each arrangement had a purpose even though one could argue that they were randomly or carelessly placed. I felt like I was in an interior designer’s room or an IKEA, I enjoyed the set that she had created for her audience.