Artist: Krystal Ramirez
Exhibition: La Cena Está Servida (Dinner Is Served)
Media: Steel, copper, brass, silver
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino
Krystal Ramirez had an interest in art and jewelry making when she was younger, she even attended an art school. Ramirez is currently a student as CSULB. She is a metalsmith artist majoring in 3D media. She is working towards her Bachelors in Fine Arts. Her proximity is pretty close to here, since she is from Huntington Beach.
For this exhibition, it was arranged in a way as if one were to have dinner in their cozy home. Most of these objects were made of different types of metals that gave off different tones. Tools such as forks, scissors, cups, and so on were on plates in replacements of the food. Each tool complimented each other on the plate and nothing seems unusual or out of place. It took about three years in order to arrange and make this piece come to life.
The inspiration that came from this was the idea that the dinner table is the heart. This is where family matters are discussed, serious or silly. Dinner time was a way for everyone to get together and share their stories, laughs, cries. Ramirez often feels nostalgic as she thinks back to the truths and stories that were told at the dinner table. It’s almost like it is a safety place anyone in her family to look forward to coming home to.
The way everything was arranged was perfect. Everything complimented each other and upon talking to her, I realized there was a deeper meaning to this. Dinner is something I also do look forward to having with my family as well. Being a busy college student, I rarely get to sit down with everyone in the family to have dinner and talk. It is quite unfortunate with my busy schedule, so it is something I value having every time I am able to get the chance to.