Wk 9- Artist Conversation-Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Exhibition: All Work All Play

Media: Copper and Silver (Metals)

Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website or Instagram: none


Sean Cabanig is an undergrad at CSULB in the BFA metals program. It is her last semester at Long beach and her first show. She is from Los Angeles but currently lives in Long beach. Cabanig first applied to CSULB as a creative writing major then later changed to studio art and finally switched to the metals program. She loves cats, reading, and painting on her free time. Sean has been working with metal for about four years but has always loved art in general.

Cabanig’s work utilizes different types of metal that include copper and silver. Each of the pieces she creates have a variety of shapes, sizes, and texture. The choker necklace incorporates the smooth draping of a metal chain and curved lines of the balls. The straight bars on the chain, however, contrast with the overall theme of the necklace. All of her work is made with extreme detail and patience. This is apparent in the platelike pieces that include beautifully hand created flower designs.

Sean’s art pieces reflect the inspiration she receives from her daily life and environment. She also finds it important to include humor in her work. Although their is no deeper meaning to her pieces, they do show her emotional moments. In her choker piece, Sean wanted to emit pain and intense emotion with the use of small chains and bronze balls. Each of her works include the long process of a concept sketch, discussion, and various models before creating a final piece.

Overall, I found Sean’s art as intriguing and beautiful. She is very detailed in her work process and it definitely shows in each of the pieces she creates. Sean does not believe in sitting around and waiting for opportunity or inspiration to come, instead she takes action. This is something that I have come to admire in her because I myself find it hard to not overthink everything in my life. I look forward to seeing more of her work in the future!

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