Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Exhibition: All Work All Play

Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery

Media: Metals (Silver and Copper)

Website: Artist has no website

Instagram: Artist has no Instagram

Sean is on her final year here at California State University Long Beach. She is expecting to graduate this semester with her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Metal. Sean was born in Los Angeles but since then has moved and lived in Long Beach for five years now. When she first applied to Cal State Long Beach, she had no idea what she wanted to go to school for. She was accepted as a creative writing major, but quickly changed her discipline to studio art. It was during her second year she realized that she wanted to be a metals major. Sean has been doing art ever since she was a little kid, but never did she touch metal until about four years ago. During her free time, she enjoys cooking, spending time with friends, playing video games, and reading.

Inspired by her environment, emotional behavior, and humor, Sean spends a lot of her time experimenting with metal. With metal, she seems to explore many different forms of artwork ranging from sculptures to jewelry. Her work all seems to have a unique aspect about them. I believe this unifying characteristic is created by the fact all of her art is created through experimenting. This approach of making her artwork gives the work a handmade personalized appearance that can be appreciated by anyone.

Sean’s them is All Work All Play. According to Sean, this refers to the fact that she wants to accomplish something, yet still have fun during the experience. With the variety of artwork that she has, it is very noticeable that she enjoys experimenting with different types of metal art. Sean says that a lot of her art is created through experimenting, which is something he enjoys doing.

Metals is a medium of art that I have always been interested in. As a student studying to become an engineer, I can appreciate all of the functionality that comes with using metals, but I can also appreciate the artistic aspect of it. I see metal almost as a bridge between and engineer and an artist. An engineer can utilize metals for their physical properties while an artist can utilize metals for their visual properties. My favorite piece is her Sweet Spot Ladle because of its smooth curves and artistic handle.


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