Wk9-Artist Conversation- Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig


Artist:Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Exhibition: All Work All Play
Media: Metals (Copper, Bronze, Silver, Brass), Enamel, Paint
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website: Artist have no website
Instagram: Artist have no Instragram

About the Artist

Ms. Cabanig is an undergraduate student at CSULB. She is currently working on her undergraduate degree in Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, in Metal and Jewelry.

This is her last year, and her last semester here in CSULB.

She wasn’t sure what major she should go to during her first year in college, she first choose Creative Writing, but find out that she was more interesting in Painting and Drawing therefore, she changed her maj0r. When she was in the art major, she was able to take an introductory class about metal, and she was inspired by it and thereby decided to change her major again, to Metal. The switching major back and forth causes her to stay an extra year here in CSULB. But over all, she is glad that she finally found what she wanted to do in her life.

Formal Analysis

This is the second exhibition of jewelry / metal that I have attended, and I saw still surprised by the work from the artist.



*Not gonna lie, I was shocked when I see these in the gallery. O_O!



* Artist looks different with her special pieces on. – The power of art! *


The necklace that the artist herself wore, it the piece that cause my eyes and I like the most! 😀

The shape of the necklace is irregular. The circular shaped metal is paired with the rectangular shape metal.

The colors of the art pieces that Ms. Cabanig created are mainly plain and simply. The necklace for example, the color is the original color of the metal she used.

The scale of the necklace is big as a jewelry.

The texture of the necklace is smooth as for the metal part.

Content Analysis

Majority of the art pieces that Ms Cabanig created are made of silver, she mentioned that she like silver because it is so precious, but at the same time it is also a material where you will need to be very careful with it, as it is a lot easier to melt compare to copper. Thus, creating a art piece with silver is very challenging.

She was once into painting and mixed media but she mentioned that she kind of lost her interest before coming into college. Therefore it causes her to be switching her major back and forth in her first year.

Ms. Cabanig mentioned that her work is very experimental. She loves to experiment with different things. Since she does not have a specific theme for her work, she tend to go along with her mood and her taught at that time. She also wish to travel around after she have graduate, to gain more insight of the view around the world and thereby improving her art work.

My Experience

Creating jewelry or Art is not easy. The amount of time the artist takes and the amount of money they have spend on creating their art pieces is unbelievable. Ms. Cabanig used silver the media in majority of her art pieces, and according to the previous artist that I have interviewed, Kristi Jensen, she mentioned the rough amount that she spend on buying the silver to used it as the media, and the figure was shocking! As an engineering student, I can relate to that personally, it requires a lot of time and a lot of money in college in order to become an engineer. We as an engineering major will need 5 years to graduate and therefore, more money will be “wasted” on our tuitions. A lot of people said Art majors are very relaxing and easy, but personally I don’t think so, as the amount of effort every student put into is the same. They tried their best, experimenting on new stuffs, new techniques, some even spend the whole day in the studio. It is the same as me myself, as an engineering student.

I realized that there is no difference between Art majors and Science majors. Which is the same as out society, there are always rankings and status that kind of separates people or categories people from one another, but the truth is, No one is greater than the other.


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