Magazine Launch Party Muralist: Crystal Domi

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MURAL by Crystal Domi

Video & Photography by Karissa Raya

 

Innerspace Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles was transformed into a colorful reflection of the energy and diversity that makes up the second largest city in the country.

We teamed up with L.A. Mom artist, Crystal Dominguez (Crystal Domi) to create a one-of-a-kind mural that would encompass the vibrant and colorful spirit of L.A. Moms.

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Crystal arrived at the venue the day before the launch party with a carefully selected range of brushes, tools and colors.

Her enthusiasm was contagious and working with Crystal on this project was a dream come true for both the artist and the magazine team.

Before beginning the mural, Crystal had sketched out ideas and ultimately decided on a black silhouette of the L.A. Skyline over an ombré backdrop consisting of bold, powerful colors.  In choosing the color scheme, Crystal says she went for blues/teals and oranges/reds because they complement one another well.

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"They also represent extreme opposites. I felt these colors would be perfect for the city of L.A," she said. "Driving in Downtown, you might see a bunch of homeless (people) only to turn a corner and see picture-perfect cafés and million-dollar high rise apartments...It all mixes into a powerful, magical city and that's why I chose the purple. Red and blue make purple. I wanted to represent the blending of the opposing characteristics of this magical City of Angels."

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Crystal completed the mural within three hours and left it ready for neon artist, Danielle Bonnet, to incorporate a custom sign that read: #LAMomsRock

Dozens of L.A. Moms that attended the launch party took pictures in front of the beautiful 8' x 8' mural, often commenting on the great energy it emanated.

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GOLDEN GODDESS

In 2010, Crystal completed an acrylic on wood painting, which she labeled "Golden Goddess."

The artwork depicts the body of a woman exposing her breast and body curves and using her arm to push down dark waves which represent negative stories Crystal had told herself about her own body and self-worth.

"As she pushes away the negativity, she's allowing the beautiful vibrant positivity to embrace her and remind her how beautiful and valuable she really is," adds Crystal.

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On Wednesday, August 1st, Crystal's Golden Goddess was on view, a few feet away from her wall mural for all to enjoy during the premiere print edition launch party of Mommy In Los Angeles® Magazine.

Prior to the launch party, the gorgeous 3' x 4' painting had never been exhibited.

Thank you, Crystal! We look forward to our next partnership. You're amazing!

 

Check out this Video of Crystal's Mural journey for Mommy In Los Angeles® Magazine:

Dreams do come true! I've had this dream of becoming a professional artist since high school. It's been a long and crazy journey to get to this moment but I'm here! I recently had the honor of painting a mural for the launch party of Mommy in Los Angeles magazine and I also exhibited my Golden Goddess painting at the launch party!
Anabel Marquez