Artist: Krystal Ramirez
Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form A Single Entity
Gallery: CSULB School of Art Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
This week I had the pleasure of meeting Krystal Ramirez. Krystal is currently an undergraduate student at Cal State Long Beach and is in the department of 3D Media with a specification of metal. She’s a transfer student and has been at Long Beach for two years. Her interests besides art include thrifting and she loves DIY projects. Krystal has a drawing and painting background and she uses that as a base for inspiration to create a lot of her pieces. She draws from her drawing techniques in order to make most of her art. She’s really big into focusing on movement, linear form, and functional objects. When asking her why she chose metal, she didn’t really have a specific answer. She told us that she was just drawn to it and she’s fallen in love with it ever since. After graduation, she’s not 100% sure what she wants to do. However, she did say if she couldn’t get fully into what she’s doing now, she wants to come back to Long Beach for industrial design, but she still wants to use metal as her preferred form of expression.
The one piece I focused mostly on was the salt and pepper shakers that Krystal had made. When first looking at them, I just thought they were a piece of art with no specific purpose, but once I looked more closely, I saw the holes at the top and realized it served a purpose. The media that Krystal used for this piece was strictly metal only. The nature of the piece was arched with curved edges to give it a different look than your typical salt and pepper shakers. The texture appeared to be relatively smooth and it had a nice shine to them.
From looking at the piece, and talking to Krystal, it was apparent what she was going for. When talking to her, she was persistent to say that metal was her primary medium that she always works with and that’s exactly what her piece showed. She also said she liked focusing on functional objects, and that’s exactly what she made with the salt and pepper shakers. It was obvious that Krystal had a clear idea of where she wanted to go and exhibits that through her artwork.
For myself, this exhibit was very overwhelming because there were so many different artists and pieces all throughout the room. However, with that being said, Krystal was the most relatable artist I’ve talked to thus far this semester. It was really easy to talk to her and ask her a bunch of questions about her art. I was really impressed with her art and wouldn’t even mind having her piece in my house. I really enjoyed how she focuses on art that you can use in your everyday life. Overall, I really enjoyed Krystal and her artwork.