Wk 5 – Artist Conversation – Krystal Ramirez

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Artist: Krystal Ramirez
Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form; Single Entity
Media: Metals
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: None
Instagram: Kreeestol

Krystal Ramirez is an undergraduate and is majoring in 3D media with an emphasis in metal. She says she has about a year left of school to graduate. Though she comes to CSULB, she is originally from Huntington Beach. On her own time, she likes to thrift shop, go antiquing, DIY, and occasionally paint aside from working with metals.

Though Krystal works with all different metals such as copper and silver, this necklace is made out of brass. The necklace looks very jagged while also being smooth. It seems as if it’s a replication of lots of gathering golden branches though she says it is inspired by music.

When she starts a project, she usually thinks about nature, human anatomy, and geometric forms. She gets inspired by music and reacts to it as she goes along. With metal, you can manipulate it however you want as the time goes on and she likes that and says if she goes onto a graduate program, she wants to stick to sculpture works. As well, career-wise, she would like to do industrial design and be able to make and sell things like forks and tumblers to restaurants.

This work is a beautiful piece and it’s also kind of ironic because of how Krystal came into this work. In high school, she had an epiphany for 3D because she had to take a jewelry class and she wasn’t much of a 3D person but by the end of it, she preferred 3D to 2D even though when she began, it had been the other way around. I really like this piece of work because to me, it’s very nature-ish and it just flows so well like how she said when the music flowed through her and she produced this piece.

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