Week 9 Artist Conversation – Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

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Week 9 Artist Conversation – Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Exhibition Information – Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig
Exhibition: All Work All Play
Media: Metals, Copper, Sterling Silver, Brass, Enamel, Fishing Wire, Spray Paint, Jewelry
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website: None
Instagram: OHEYSJ – But it is not art related

About the Artist

Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig is an artist, undergraduate senior, in her last semester of school.

She is a metals major and is graduating this May with a BFA in metals. She has been in

school for 5 years, and in the metals department for 4 years. This is her first solo show.

She hopes to continue her metalwork and is considering graduate school.

She would also like to travel and be inspired for her work.

Her inspirations include her environment, her mood, funny things, and experimentation.

She is from Los Angeles but now lives in Long Beach. She says that she originally enrolled

as a creative writing major for poetry, but decided to choose metals  when she was at a

crossroads with drawing and painting and metals. She has been making art since she was

younger and she has been working with metal for four years now.

Her interests include cooking, playing video games, like Halo, reading mangas and

hanging out with her boyfriend, cat and friends.  I met her in my metals enameling class

last semester.

She is a workaholic, and says that she makes a paper model and sometimes a copper

sample before starting on her final piece. She now can’t imagine have been doing anything

else.  She says that she currently works in a studio, and if she continues metal work in the

future she would have a job on the side. She speaks at least two different languages.

Formal Analysis

She has many pieces in the gallery like works made of silver and copper. She said that one

piece could take a day, a few weeks, or a whole month. It depends on how much time you

are willing to put in. She has many jewelry pieces which include necklaces, rings, plates,

tiles and other things. She even put on one of her necklaces, so we could see.

Her work has many lines, there are many shapes, sizes and a few colors.

Mostly black and white, while others are gold colored, or just the plain color of

the copper or silver.

The texture is soft even though it is metal, it can be hard and rough but it has been

redefined to be look nice and safe. Some works are straight others move in different


Some of the names of her works include The Forest  Finger.

She had many black and white enamel pieces with flowers.  The pieces were made by

enameling on copper with a technique called grisaille. She said that this was her first time

trying the technique. She also said that she was inspired by her emotions.

She says that she named her exhibition “All Work All Play” because she is very focused on

her work but she also wants to enjoy herself as she works. she says that she has tried to

have more fun while working, because she can become too focused.

She mentioned that silver is her favorite metal to work  because of how precious it is.

It is more likely to melt than copper and  the surface can be challenging.


Content Analysis

As mentioned, some of themes and ideas include flowers, humor. she says that she does

not include much color in her works. Choosing to keep it simple and instead focusing on

the technique and details. Many of her works are black and white.

She says that she was focused on working too long and hard. So she had decided to start

playing and enjoying her work more. Her work can be based on her feelings and emotions.

Synthesis / My Experience

I liked seeing her different art pieces. I had seen some of them before, but I liked also

seeing some new ones. I am interested because I made a couple metal pieces, so it is

cool to see other’s work. I recently became interested in the jewelry making process.

In conclusion, it was a good conversation. I liked seeing the different necklaces and


Here are some pics.


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