Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig
Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig
Exhibition: All Work All Play
Media: Metals, Copper, 3D Design
Gallery: CSULB School of art, Werby Gallery
About the Artist
Sean Joy is an undergraduate here at Cal State Long Beach University. She has dormed here for two years and previously grew up in Los Angeles. This is her fifth year now at our school and she is working in the metals program in the three-dimensional department. She spends most of her time hanging out and gaming with her boyfriend, and finds the concept of the paper bottle sketch to be incredibly interesting.
While Sean’s works tend to have various different forms and shapes, her art pieces generally tends to be molded with numerous types of metals. Most of her work demonstrates smooth textures, soft images, and tiny technical details. Her work typically displays neutral colors, wavy or circular patterns, and a shiny composition that allows for an optimistic standpoint.
Sean’s form of inspiration is manly to focus on the now. What I mean by that is that she does not feel as though one should wait around attempting to create a masterpiece, but instead just go ahead and start working to see what they become. Since her pieces vary from childhood themed stuffed bears to male genitalia, it is clear that her style represents a larger scale of works rather than being head set or close minded in one direction. She had told me that her favorite art piece was a hand brace, which her form of inspiration was from the movie Forrest Gump. While it appears there is not a specific meaning to most of her work, Sean attempts to allow the viewers to consume the overall message, that art is what you make it to be. Stop trying to make something for other people, instead make it for yourself and allow others to admire that
Synthesis / My Experience
My favorite part of the exhibition was the art piece with a bear on a spoon ladle. I felt as though the bear represented childhood and the long wavy slope down to the bottom of the spoon represented responsibility and adulthood because it is the portion where you must feed and take care of the child that is growing. While it seemed as though the bear had a long way to go, it still had a positive viewpoint in the shape that it was displayed. Looking at this piece forced me to realize that although I want to be responsible and independent myself, it is going to be a long time before I will be able to financially and mentally support myself. We spend most of our childhoods wishing to have freedom and to be able to explore, not having to have the overbearing parents make our every decision for us, but just like that spoon ladle, our lives have already been formed by them. We are already on the path. We are in college, seeking to earn credit and be noticed for our future jobs. Then we will be stuck with those jobs until we will have enough money to be able to retire, and then at that point there is little drive to explore or utilize the freedom we had longed to gain.