Wk 5 – Artist Conversation – Krystal Ramirez

Artist: Krystal Ramirez

Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form Single Entity

Media: Sheet Metal, Beehive

Gallery: CSULB, Gatov-Gallery West

Website: N/A

Instagram: @kreeestol

Krystal Ramirez is currently an undergrad student here at CSULB. Being a transfer student, she’s only been at Long Beach for two years, but is studying 3D Media. She hopes to com back to school after graduating to study industrial design. Her favorite type of material to work with is metal because she enjoys heating, stretching, and forming objects into functional objects. Krystal is a Huntington Beach local. In her free time she enjoys thrifting and painting.

Krystal’s pieces were mostly consistent of a linear form. Her goal was to make functional objects through abstract shapes. Her pieces were musically inspired. She discussed how her necklace was inspired by the analyzation of a Brazilian song and how her goal was to manipulate the metal to form dancing figures.

Krystal was a very easy going individual. When she said she enjoyed thrifting I sensed that functionality and the idea of transforming objects was an important ideal to her, which definitely reflected in her artwork. In addition, finding a muse through music helped her create a beautiful necklace. Through metal, she was able to create beautiful aesthetic pieces that were both functional and shared a meaning.

I really enjoyed looking at Krystal’s pieces. Out of all her creations my favorite ones were the necklace and the salt and pepper shakers. The necklace was a beautiful statement with the continuous flow of lines, that truly resemble dancing. In addition, the curve and form of the shakers were simplistic, but oddly satisfying to the eye.

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