Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig


Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig
Media: Copper, Silver, Metals
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website: Artist does not have a website
Instagram: Personal use only

At this week’s art gallery, I met Sean Joy. She is currently in her fifth year and is an undergraduate here at CSULB. She is currently pursuing her major in BFA Metals and Jewelry. This is her last semester and this exhibition is her first show.  She is originally from Los Angeles, but lives in Long Beach. She likes to hang out with her boyfriend, eat, cook, and experiment with a lot of things for fun. Her interest includes reading, cats, and keeping herself active.

Sean Joy’s exhibition displayed many of her art pieces that she has made here at CSULB. I found them to be interesting because many of her pieces were different from each other. There were many different styles used, but the materials were very similar. For instance, there were necklaces, plates, rings and other art pieces displayed all around. They were all beautifully made with the use of copper and silver.

Sean Joy’s artwork is mainly inspired from her environment and emotions. People describe her artwork as being cool, humorous, and a little serious. Overall, she mentions that her artwork is really from experiments. She loves to create things and adapt them to her style rather than just making artwork that fulfills requirements. Her favorite art piece is the finger brace because it is a kinetic piece inspired by Forest Gump. When I first approached this art work, I didn’t really understand the piece. However, after looking at the piece for a while, I really enjoyed it.

I really like how the artist created these pieces with the inspiration from environment, emotion, and humor. I think that all these do really have an influence on a person and the artwork that is created in the end. Also, when the artist mentioned that she loves to play with a  bunch of things rather than just one concept, I thought that was very good idea because she could explore so much more. I use to work with jewelry when I was younger and the designs I made were also made with experiments. I just mixed different things together to see if they went well with each other. I agree with the artist about experimenting because it is definitely a good way to create.

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