Artist: Krystal Ramirez
Exhibition: La Cena Esta Servida
Gallery: Merlino Gallery
Media: Metal and Jewelry
For our final artist conversation, I decided to go with Krystal Ramirez’s exhibit. Her exhibition “La Cena Esta Servida” was located in the Merlino Gallery. Krystal is currently a student at CSULB and is working hard to receive her BFA in Metal and Jewelry in the near future. This is the first exhibit i have seen where the artist uses metal and jewelry to create her pieces! That was very intriguing and thought this would be a good way to end our artists conversations for this semester.
At first, walking in her gallery, I saw (everyone saw lol) an enormous dining table with silver ware placed on top. When i started to analyze and talk to Krystal i saw that the silver ware was her art! I have no idea why it took me so long to realize, i guess i was in shock from the giant dining table. There were around 11 plates that had different appliances on top, all the appliances were created by her and with different types of metals/jewelry. A few examples include; copper, pewter, sterling sliver, brass, and bronzed. The plates, which were a variety, all had their own names. She says that they indicate different relationships she has made in the dining table over time, “reflecting on the people that have been part of my journey and the influence they have had on me.” Her work was very clean and precise, something very different from what I have seen before.
After seeing her piece i feel that Krystal is very family/friend oriented and likes that feeling of forming relationships. Hence the reason for a dining table in her piece. Dinner time in many families, like mine, is taken very seriously and is important in certain family dynamics. It creates bonds and closeness between one another, kind of keeping everyone and everything up-to-date. Even on dates with (new) people, we sit down and get to know each other. This builds relationships with others and yourself. Krystal’s exhibit really made me want to sit down and hang out with my family more.