Wk 9-Artist Conversation-Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig


Media: Copper, Bronze, Silver, Enamel

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: No website

Instagram: No instagram

Cabanig is an undergraduate at Cal State Long Beach and will be graduating this semester with a BFA in metals and jewelry. She moved to Long Beach for college, but she’s originally from Los Angeles. Cabanig has been doing art since she was a kid but barley started working with metal four years ago. Her mom wanted her to go to school to become a doctor like any other filipino kid, but she didn’t see herself as that. As of right now, she is currently working at a studio where she creates her artwork, but she doesn’t  know what she will be doing after graduating.

The top left photo is the jewelry that she made out of silver. They are very simple and not as colorful compared to the other artists. The top right photo is the “Forest Finger Brace” which was influenced by the movie Forrest Gump. She made a paper model first before making the finger brace with copper. The finger brace is simple just like her other jewelry, but this brace looks more stiff comepared to other finger jewleries. The bottom left photo is a fine glass that has black and white floral incorporated into her glass. She used the technique grisaille to add the white floral on top of the black glass. On the bottom two right photos, Cabanig wore her necklace piece that she created out of silver. The magnets held together the chains and the three balls were hooked on to the chains. Her piece is simple as well, but has a lot of chains to make it look dramatic and a remembrance from the Egyptian jewelries.

Cabanig was inspired to work with metal and jewelry because of an introductory metal class she took 4 years ago. At first, she was into drawing and painting until she tried something new and loved it. Metal is more of a challenge for her compared to drawing and painting. Silver is one of her favorite pieces to work with because of how precious it is. The artworks were inspired from her emotional state at the time or her passion for incorporating flowers into her artwork. She will be looking forward to the future to see what else is in store for her and other things that she can draw inspiration from.

Overall, I thought Cabanig’s artwork and jewelry were cute and simple. I think her jewelries would be something I would wear for myself, but the one with the extra chains and balls were sort of not my style. When Cabanig wore the necklace, she couldn’t move her head as much and it looked uncomfortable. I think that piece if mores uitable just for display rather than wearing it. However, she inspired me to go for what I would love to do as a job and not to just go for a major that my parents are recommending me to do. I always listened to what my parents think is best for me, but if I enjoy doing something I love then I should go for it.




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