Artist: Krystal Ramirez
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Website: no website (in the making)
This week I spoke with Krystal Ramirez, she is an undergraduate student at California State University Long Beach. She is a transfer student and has been at CSULB for two years. Her major is 3D media with a specification in metal. Ramirez is from Huntington Beach, California and on her free time she enjoys thrifting, doing DIY projects, and sometimes painting. Her inspiration is painting. She went to an art high school and took a jewelry class,which started to make her interested in making art out of metal. She is thinking of possibly coming back to school after graduating for industrial design.
Krystal Ramirez had 4 pieces in the exhibit. The piece I was most interested in was the necklace. It is made out of brass and fine silver. The edges of the necklace are sharp and the shapes are jagged. Some of the edges are curved and pointed at the end. The color of the necklace is a yellow gold and is shiny. The necklace looks very fragile and is very thin. If worn I think the necklace would highlight the collar bone and upper chest area nicely.
The piece is named “Vem Magalenha Rajão”. I asked why she chose to name the piece Vem Magalenha Rajão and she said it is a Brazilian song. She also went on to say the design of the necklace is based off of music notes. Ramirez first drew out the piece based off of the song. She explores ideas such as different shapes and movements that metal can take. Ramirez mentioned she likes the idea of playing around with different metals to see how each piece turns out using the same materials.
When first walking into the exhibit I did not know where to look first. After walking around I was interested in Krystal’s art and decided to talk to her for the artist experience. I really liked talking to her because you could tell she is very passionate about her work and loves talking about it with others. I liked how her pieces can be either used in everyday life or can be just looked at.