Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

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Exhibition Information

Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig
Exhibition: All Work All Play
Media: Electroformed Copper, Wax, Fishing Line, Spray Paint, Copper, Bronze, Sterling Silver, Fine Silver, Enamel, Brass, Silver Plated Chain
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website: Artist has no website at this time.
Instagram: Artist has no Instagram at this time.

About the Artist

Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig is a fifth year CSULB student pursuing a BFA in the School of Art’s Metals Department. Sean is from Los Angeles, and now lives in Long Beach. She started at Long Beach State as a Creative Writing major, but quickly switched to Studio Art. Other than art, Sean loves cats and reading. Sean enjoys experimenting in art studios. She draws significant influence for her art from her emotions and her daily life.

Formal Analysis

Sean’s pieces are beautifully crafted from a variety of metals. The utilization of various metals causes for a wide variety of textures, colors, line, shape, and other formal qualities in her pieces. However, all of her pieces also share qualities that allow them to come together to create a unified exhibit. The metals used in her pieces are perhaps the most significant unifying feature of her pieces. The different colors and textures of the metals enhance each other. Copper, bronze, and silver are complimentary to each other in Sean’s pieces. Their textures also serve this purpose. The majority of her pieces appear smooth and showcase undulating, sinuous line, although a few also appear roughly textured and utilize sharp and jagged lines. Circular shapes seem to be a major theme in her pieces, and appear to utilize both smooth and rough textures. In many of her circularly shaped pieces, Sean seems to integrate sinuous and jagged lines seamlessly to contribute to the illusion of a seamless circle.

Content Analysis

Although Sean does not have a specific message she is trying to convey in her artwork, she aims to convey her influences through her pieces. She finds inspiration from her emotions, her daily life, and her humor, and tries to incorporate them in the creation of her art. In this way, Sean’s art is very personal. Rather than overthink her ideas and inspirations for her art, Sean tries to simply create what she feels. Ultimately, Sean reveres art as a process that requires immense patience and perseverance. She showcases this philosophy in her pieces.

Synthesis / My Experience

I really love Sean’s work. I really appreciate that she seems to drift from inspiration to inspiration. From my perspective, Sean’s exhibit looks like the most beautiful collection of knick knacks or garage sale items I’ve ever seen. I love her mentality of not waiting for a specific idea or inspiration to strike before creating, but just creating whatever you feel or want to create in the moment. I think this philosophy is very evident in her pieces. I also think the inspiration she draws from her humor and her daily life is illustrated beautifully in the randomness of her pieces. I very much love that this randomness creates somewhat of a mysterious feel behind her pieces, as they elicit curiosity from viewers. I think that Sean has an amazing talent for taking ordinary objects and reinventing them into things of beauty, or perhaps extracting and showcasing the beauty that they’ve always had.

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