Artist: Krystal Ramirez
Exhibition: La Cena esta Servida – Dinner is Served
Media: Mixed Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
CSULB undergraduate Krystal Ramirez is working toward her BFA degree in the School of Art’s Metal Making and Jewelry Design. Ramirez will be graduating this semester. She has no plans to going back to school but if she was going to, she would study product design. Ramirez mentioned that she was was very skillful in art when she was in middle school. She took auditioned to get into an arts high school without realizing that it was a serious audition. She got accepted into the arts high school for drawing and painting.
There are 11 metallic items that sit on top of a dining table. The metallic items are all things that you would typically find on a dining table. These items include: utensils, bowls, and centerpieces. The dining table was made by Ramirez and it gives off a rustic feel. The top part of the table is a dark brown color and it is being supported by silver legs. There is a gold and flat lighting fixture that hangs above the dining table.
“Dinner is Served” takes place in a dining table setting because it is where Ramirez found her inspiration. She mentioned that a dining table is something everyone can identify with. Most people in their life will have pleasant memories of eating meals with their loved ones at a dining table. Ramirez mentioned that she was amazed at the process of turning raw food into a delicious meal. She described it as “assembled by hand, yet made by the heart.” This phrase perfectly describes her exhibition. Ramirez created each of the pieces herself and she made them thinking about the positive feelings she gets when she sits at a dining table.
Synthesis / My Experience
When I first walked it, I absolutely loved the table set up. The pieces found in this exhibition were so well made and it gave me an Anthropologie feel to them. For a second I actually forgot I was in an art exhibition! I actually would love to use some of her art pieces for display or actually using it for food. I also really liked how the pieces on top of the dining table perfectly complimented each other. Everything just felt very well put together and balanced.