Wk 5-Artist Conversation-Krystal Ramirez

Artist:Krystal Ramirez

Exhibition:Fuse:Join to form;single entity


Gallery:CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: no website, in the works


About the Artist

Krystal is an undergraduate student in the 3-d media program, specification metals. Her interests outside of art include thrifting, antiquing, and DIY stuff. When asked the ideas that her work explores, Krystal told us about her drawing and painting background that she uses as a base for inspiration. She likes the techniques that they use to draw figuratively, and pulls from this to create some of her pieces. Movement and linear forms are the main focus of her work. She was drawn to working with metals in high school when she took a jewelry making class at her arts high school, and has loved it ever since.

Formal Analysis

As mentioned above, the artist works strictly with metals. This exhibit was made up of work from multiple artists, but Krystal specifically was responsible for creating the salt and pepper shakers seen in the first picture. The surface of these were smooth, and they followed a slightly bent, C shaped curve. The color was silver as in unison with the metal used. These were unlike any other salt and pepper shakers you would see see everyday, they were uniquely shaped and modern in their design.

Content Analysis

Krystal told us that she uses movement and linear forms in her work, and this was seen in the two shakers. With the C shaped curve, it was almost like they were a continuous movement, flowing. When creating her art Krystal doesn’t think so much, but mainly just pulls from her past to create her pieces. Her pieces also go hand in hand with her hobby to DIY, since what she creates is something that she “does herself” and she is working with her hands.


This exhibit resonated with me for two reasons. The first is because of the title: fuse. This means joining things together, and in our life we will have to fuse together many things. For example families join together in marriage, and in relationships. The other reason this exhibit stuck out to me was through what Krystal told us about her hope for the future. If she can’t find a career with the work she is doing now, she would go back to school for industrial design and incorporate her love for metal in that line of work. This stuck out to me because it showed her dedication and passion for working with metals. She is determined to stick with this work even if she has to alter what she originally intended to do with it. People who are passionate about their work, love what they do everyday. That is the reason I am going to school today, to find a carrer that I am passionate about, and excel in it just like Krystal has.



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