*Sorry for no actual gallery photos! My iPhone was not cooperating. I do not have any memory.. 😡 These are photos from her Instagram! Not my photos.
Artist: Krystal Ramirez
Exhibition: La Cena está Servida, “Dinner is Served”
Media: Steel, Pewter, Brass, Sterling Silver, Metal, Jewelry making, Blacksmithing
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Krystal is in her last semester at CSULB. She will be receiving her BFA in metal and jewelry making. She enjoys creating art that is not only beautiful but also has a purpose. This intent can be seen in her jewelry making as well as her blacksmith work.
There was a large wooden table in the center of the gallery. On the table there was was light colored wood circles. The dark wood of the table contrasted the lighter, wood circles above. Above the circles, there were eleven pieces she hand crafted. Each piece had its own meaning. They each represented an object that can be used during dinner. The pieces were crafted from different metals such as steel, pewter, and brass. Moreover, the different colors of the metals contrasted and complemented all of the colors from the dark table. Everything seemed warm and inviting.
Because she is Latina, the artist wanted to incorporate the significance of family in her culture into her art. In Latin culture, families are the center of everything. Families share everything as well from raising children to pots, pans, and memories. A long with the family comes large dinner at holidays and parties. It is also at the table where important memories are made. Each piece is based on a significant moment/person at the dinner table, who has strongly influenced the person she is today.
Synthesis / My Experience
Everything about this exhibit resonated with who I am and what I remember growing up. I am Latina so I also grew up creating memories over dinner with my family. Even if there was no reason to get together, my family would make an excuse and we would all fit into someone’s small house. While the utensils were different and the color of table may have been a little lighter, those are memories I will never forget. The artist’s exhibit reminded me of my culture and I hope to never forget it.