Artist: Krystal Ramirez
Exhibition: La Cena Esta Servida: Dinner is Served
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Krystal Ramirez is an Undergraduate student, who is graduating this year as a senior at CSULB. Currently, she is in the program formally known as 3D Media and Metal; otherwise, known as Metal Smithing and Jewelry Design. After she finishes, she plans to go back to community college in order to learn more about steel. Also, she plans to evolve her website more, to participate in craft shows, and to get an internship. Before even going to CSULB, she went to Orange County High School of Arts where she was introduced to jewelry in her senior year leading to her falling in love with it; furthermore, she met a professor that teaches at CSULB at her high school and was intrigued and motivated to pursue a degree in Metal Smithing and Jewelry Design. Besides her interest in art, she also loves to thrift and do things that involve DIY crafts that are made from scratch.
Simplicity within artistic abilities. The gallery itself was centered around a dinner table that had various plates with different metals. All the materials were made out of metal and had quite an emphasis on bronze and silver color types. From bowls to silverware to random, curved shaped metals, the art itself had a similar rhythm with constant lines. While some metals had straight lines, others were meant to be curved. Basically, the metals made it feel as if the viewers were at a dinner table to be in the moment where families all united as one.
As I’ve previously stated, the whole exhibition is based on Krystal and her memories from being at the dinner table with her family. Moreover, it’s a place where families talk about casual and serious things all at the same time; a place where there are zero limits as to what can be said to express what one is feeling. All her metal works were transformed as an inspiration from her family and the journey along with influences and reflections of ideas, peoples, and the past. It’s also about connections that she has made with people and how it has carried into her life to lead her to the individual that she is today.
Synthesis / My Experience
For me, this exhibition hit it out of the park since it brought back memories of my family eating around the dinner table since the start. Till this day, my family still incorporates the dinner table as part of our end of the night get together. This is the moment, just like Krystal’s, where we get to talk about what happened for the day and everything that we want to share. All the good news, all the bad news. Honestly, as long as I have my family there all together at the dinner table then everything is perfect. Overall, Krystal and I share the same values that “dinner is served” at the table and it’s where relationships will continue to form.