wk9 – Artist Conversation – Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig


Media: Metals

Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery

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Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig is an undergraduate who is graduating this semester at California State University, Long Beach. She is considering going to graduate school and wants to travel to use those memories into her artwork. Cabanig has been doing art since she was a little kid, but didn’t touch metal until about 4 years ago. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and has lived in Long Beach for the past 5 years. She had originally applied to CSULB with the major creative writing but then switched to studio art. It wasn’t until her 2nd year that she realized she wanted to to be in the School of Arts Metal program. Some of her interests are reading Manga, video games, and loves cats. Cabanig inspirations comes from her environment, emotional behavior, and humor.

Most of her designs are things you would find or use in everyday life, such as different size bowls and a necklace. All her designs are not just items on a piece of paper, they are physical objects. Some items like the necklace, you can clearly see that its made of metal, but the bowls and little squares are harder to tell that they are made out of that materials. I can also see the same ideas and colors within all her pieces, they incorporate copper, and blue and white paint in a flower design.

All of Sean’s artwork is made out of either copper or silver. The reason why she uses silver more is because it is precious and it is a metal that could be handled way easier than copper. She says that creating any art piece with sliver is hard and takes major focus. She also mentioned that her work is very experimental. She never likes to make something that she doesn’t like. If you notice here work, its not all the same so it shows that it goes with what her mood is at the given time to create each piece. Lastly, she told us that she wants to go around the world and look at different cultures to get the inspiration to create new and different art pieces. Overall, I really enjoyed looking at Sean Joy’s art pieces at the gallery.

Sean’s artwork was extremely interesting, and I really appreciated the time and effort that an art exhibit like her’s would take. She was able to create so many different objects, but combining them through her metaling process. I would suggest to anyone to go and at least see all the different textures this wonderful artist can create, all with a material that is widely known as the hardest to handle.


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