Wk9 – Artist Conversation – Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig 

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Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Exhibition: All Work All Play

Media: Copper, Bronze, wax, fishing line, spray paint, sterling silver, enamel, silver plated chain

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

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This week I met with Sean Joy Rosario Canabig, Sean is from Los Angeles and is completing her last semester in BFA Metal Working. Her first year At Cal State Long Beach she declared herself a creative writing major for poetry but found a new love in metal work. During her free time Sean enjoys playing video games, spending time with her boyfriend, going out to eat, and experimenting with food dishes also.

Most of Sean’s work included copper and silver mixed together beautifully to create her art work. When i asked her how long most of her work took she said some were done quickly, such as in a day, but others too much longer, either a week or month. She explained that her metals were melted at 1500 degrees to create the look of paint blended together to form beautiful images such as a heart and flowers. The texture of her work is soft and smooth, the metals blending together perfectly, creating swirls of black, blue, white, grey, bronze and silver colors. Sean’s art work is undulating and sinuous, with soft curves for the jewelry and dishes.

Sean explained why she chose metal work and it was for her to experiment with art and her life. She explained that she was able to have fun in her work because she was exploring herself and her feelings in that moment and transferred it to her art. Sean explained how her exhibit name depicts how we should all take life, slow and full hearted. She said that as humans we have tendencies to rush things and get upset when things aren’t perfect but we should take a moment and step back from things and look at life and how wonderful it is. We should learn to be more patient and calm. Sean said she beats herself up hard when her art work didn’t turn out how she wanted and that she pushes herself harder so her art work can have more meaning and be more beautiful. She said her artwork is a reflection of her feelings towards life and the people in it.

Sean’s artwork is aesthetically pleasing. My favorite piece is the white heart on bluefish black metal. also the white flowers on the dishes are beautiful. The way she blends the metals to create designs and shape them into jewelry and dishes is so cool! In my opinion metal work is different than the typical art form, its creative and personal. You can create jewelry, dishes, and any other object you chose. Sean’s art work was calm and simple yet out spoken and different, it is something that i would wear and put in my house as accessories.


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