Artist: Krystal Ramirez
Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
This week’s artist conversation was different than the others. Usually we walk through galleries and look at artist work that they created to show what they want with the goal of getting their work known with people who view. When they are creating the work they might not think about what the audience wants. However, this week we walked through galleries of artists’ work that they created with the intent of selling it. The gallery that I really enjoyed seeing was the work Krystal Ramirez. Krystal is in the Metals program at CSULB as an undergraduate. Her favorite thing to make is jewelry and that is what the gallery focuses on.
As mentioned Krystal is in the metals program which is what her jewelry was made from. There was also these two plants that had shiny metal pots. The jewelry she had for sell focused on earrings. A pair of earrings that I liked looked like hoop earrings that many girls own, but they were of smaller size and they weren’t a perfect circle. They were silver like the usual hoop earrings. This artwork wasn’t personal, or to the liking of the artist. It was meant to be pleasing to the audience and to be pretty so that people like it and buy it.
When I walked into the gallery, I was really intrigued and I really liked the jewelry. To be honest, I was shocked when I saw the prices. The first thought was that it was overpriced but then I realized that these are unique pieces that no other person will have. They took time to get made and the artist deserve every single penny. I realized that these artist are barely getting started with their artwork and this is the career path that they want to take so it is important to try and make money off of it. The work was great and this is only the beginning for this artist. I can tell there is going to be a lot of success for her in the future.