Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig
Exhibition: All Work All Play
Media: Copper and Silver Metals
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marily Gerby West Gallery
Website: None
Instagram: None

This week, I had the opportunity to interview artist Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig. Sean is a fifth year here at CSULB who will be receiving her BFA in Metals. Sean is a self-proclaimed workaholic, but in her free time you can usually find her in the studio experimenting, and also reading, gaming, drawing, painting, and playing with her cat. Originally a Creative Writing major, Sean was unsure what she wanted to do, so she decided to refocus her studies to drawing and painting/ Meanwhile, she took an introduction to metals class and later fell in love, knowing that she wanted to major in it.

Sean’s pieces are mainly comprised of copper and silver. However, Sean prefers silver because of the flexibility and contrast that it brings to her work. It is easier to melt and work with than copper, so that is why a majority of her pieces are in fact made out of silver. There were many different objects that were created, but the materials were very similar. For example, there were necklaces, plates, rings and other art pieces, but they were all made with the use of copper and silver.

Sean explores ideas captured from the environment, humor, art history, and emotions. Some may describe her artwork as being humorous, cool, and a sometime serious depending on the person and the piece. Also, she mentions that her artwork is derived from all kinds of experiments. She loves to create things and form them to her style rather than the basic art that solely fulfills the requirements.

I really like how a lot of different factors influence her artwork. I think the environment, humor, and emotions are extremely influential and lead to very powerful and unique artwork, especially because no one’s environment, humor, and emotions are the same. It allows her to really shine through her artwork and to allow the viewer to see not only her interpretation but to form their own as well. Overall, I had a great to,experiencing this exhibit.


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