Wk 9- Artist Conversation- Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig



Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig
Exhibition: All Work All Play
Media: Metal and Jewelry
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: N/A

About the Artist

Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig, is an undergraduate student at CSULB and is currently working towards her BFA in metals. She now lives in Long Beach but was once from different part of Los Angeles. Sean has loved art ever since she was a child, and she has been working with metal for the past four years. The pieces she creates could take up to a day, week or even a month to complete.

Formal Analysis

Sean’s work is mostly metal pieces. Each piece of jewelry looks not just physically strong but also develops a strong connotaion. Due to the powerful shapes in which she created her pieces, it also helps to develop this very powerful connotation. Each piece is also very heavy looking and its texture is rough looking as well. She also uses the shape of the cylinder often. Although the cylinder is quite a smooth shape she creates this a feeling of strength along with it. Many of Sean’s pieces feature a variety of metals such as electroformed copper, bronze, sterling silver, and fine silver. Each of these metals are used to create her strong pieces.

Content Analysis

Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig is a metal smith and has slowly come to the realization that patience is key. She explains that “I came to value patience, perseverance, and acceptance. You can’t skip steps and you can’t rush anything”. She urged the idea that rushing something important isn’t a good idea because you are going to work too hard. What she means is you will work to hard and not even have a chance to reflect on your work. The end result may not always be what you wanted but that pushes Cabanig to work even harder to get an even better result. She absolutely loves metals. She loves to perfect their technical aspects because this allows her to create what she is feeling, her thoughts and her environments. She explains that one can’t sit and wait for inspiration to come because you  will be waiting for a long time. She explains that, “you can only do. Stop overthinking. Stop trying to imagine. Quit the chitchat. Simply do”. One of the best feelings, she explains, is when she looks at what she has created and realizes it is enough, then she is happy that she worked and played this hard.

Synthesis / My Experience

I found each of Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig’s pieces to be truly unique. They were beautiful but conveyed a powerful feeling. It was also spectacular to see how some one can envision these pieces within pieces of metal. I was truly amazed. Another thing I found interesting was when I was reading her statement within the exhibit. I absolutely loved her attitude within her writing. She had this statement  that you need to work hard but not over work. She also urged that one should not just sit and expect inspiration, that one should just do. Although Sean Joy is talking specifically about art, I think that her thoughts relate to other aspects of life as well. This really speaks to me because I constantly believe that so many people just talk and never do. If you want change, why not do it? Why sit and judge others, when you could help others? It is hard to do. I am guilty of not doing as well. We all sit and expect others to do, but if we want change we must do.


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