Artist: Krystal Ramirez
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
About Krystal Ramirez
Krystal Ramirez is a third year undergraduate student studying metals at California State University Long Beach. For her exhibition, Krystal handmade planters and earrings. She states that as a young child, she always had an interest in arts. During her high school days, Krystal took a metals class and fell in love with the concept. Ever since, she has been incorporating metals into her works. It has been about three years since she has been making jewelry and she enjoys the process of it.
Krystal goes on to explaining that she wishes to continue making her art in the future. She states that currently, she makes her art pieces according to social trend; however her end goal is to make eating utensils because she likes to make functional works.
This exhibition consisted a lot of different jewelry pieces handmade by different artists. Krystal in particular made planters and earrings. When asked about the process in which she made these items, Krystal stated that it took about a total of 3-5 days and a total of 24 hours to make about 5 planters. The process in which she made each planters were fairly simple. She explained that she would first obtain a flat piece of metal and turn it into a cylinder. After that process, she would attach a base to the planter, and it would be complete. As for her earrings, Krystal had spent made years prior making her own jewelry so she was more experienced in this category.
The overall concept of the exhibit was very vintage and unique. Each jewelry piece had its own special aspects. I really like the jewelry pieced made by Krystal because they were very different from what I have seen. They were not like modern day jewelry; yet they were still very beautiful.
Based on my interpretation of the exhibit, Krystal truly has a passion for making jewelry. Even as a child she has been interested in arts and throughout her years she has gotten the opportunity to explore different types of arts. Looking back at Krystal’s works, I really like the outcome of her planters. Although they look simple, I believe that its simplicity is what makes it pleasing. As for her earrings, Krystal made her earrings out of many different styles. The results of her earrings were very beautiful and unique. As mentioned before, the style of her earrings were very different from modern day earrings. Although different, they style came out beautifully and Krystal’s work was a success.
Overall, I had a great experience in this exhibit. Walking into the exhibit, I saw many different types of handmade jewelry and I really enjoyed looking at all of them. The idea that everything inside was handmade made me feel more appreciative of the jewelry on display. Although I am not big on jewelry, I really like looking at the different pieces because they were very unique and each design was different. Many of the pieces I saw had a very simple design and it reminded me that even simple things can be made beautiful.