- Artist: Krystal Ramirez
- Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form a Single Entity
- Media: Metal (Copper, Brass, Silver)
- Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
- Website: (no website at the moment)
- Instagram: @kreeestol
This week I met the exquisite Krystal Ramirez. She is currently an undergraduate student in the 3D Media Program, with a specification in Metals and actually transferred to Cal State Long Beach two years ago. Krystal is from Huntington and in her free time, loves to take part in thrifting, antiquing, and DIY projects. She also occasionally paints and even has a painting and drawing background, which she uses for inspiration for her artwork. Krystal grabs ideas from her drawing techniques and utilizes them to create pieces, like the ones we saw on Thursday. Her work explores various ideas such as movement, linear form, and functional objects, such as kitchen utensils. Krystal came from an art high school, where she took a jewelry class and has been attracted to working with metals ever since. She shared that she might come back to CSULB for industrial design, if she cannot find a job dealing with what she is working on now, after graduation.
Krystal had several elegant pieces of work displayed in the gallery. I decided to focus on two: the necklace and the salt and pepper shakers. Metal, and more specifically, brass, and silver, was used for both items, respectively. The necklace was made up of many sharp and curved lines, and the metal pieces used had a tint of gold to each one of them. There were also a few triangular pieces, as well as lines that created a loop. A smooth and shiny texture was present throughout the necklace. The salt and pepper shakers were very abstract. They each were very different than the typical shakers we usually see, since they were curved and had a smooth and shiny texture. The larger shaker had three holes on top, while the smaller one had four holes. Overall, both pieces of Krystal’s were sleek and classy.
After speaking with Krystal, I learned her necklace piece was inspired by music. She studied a Brazilian song and figuratively drew women in dance positions. Krystal would start off with pristine metal and then mold her own form for each piece, which ultimately created the necklace we saw in the gallery. The movement the women would create with their arms and legs led to the sharp, thin metal pieces of the necklace. She shared she likes to stick to sculptural work and symbolize the idea of movement throughout her artwork. In regards to her salt and pepper shakers, Krystal studied geometric form and wanted them to interact with each other, to have a conversation. This is the reason why the shakers are curved and facing toward one another. During her creation process, she was also thinking about linear form and functional objects, such as utensils.
I absolutely fell in love with Krystal’s various metal artworks! The formal nature of her work, as well as her ideas resonated with me incredibly. Metal is just such a unique material to work with and I was fascinated by the stunning shapes, forms, and even ideas she generated. It slipped my mind that metal was used by artists to create masterpieces. Therefore, I appreciated Krystal’s decision to focus on metal in the 3D Media Program. Metal starts off similar to a blank canvas, plain and simple. However, after heating it up, it can be molded into anything your heart desires. This reminded me of a time in high school when I worked with metal for a project. After heating up a small metal square piece, I cut and formed a unique shape, which ultimately became a cute ornament. It was smooth, shiny, and my parents loved it.