Wk9/ Artist Conversation/ Sean Joy Cabanig

Artist: Sean Joy Cabanig

Exhibition: All Work All Play

Media: Metals, Silver, Copper

Gallery: CSULB Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: None

About the Artist: This week, I had the pleasure of speaking to Sean Joy Cabanig. She is an undergraduate student at CSULB’s BFA metal department. She was from Los Angeles but currently resides in Long Beach. She says that she doesn’t like being a couch potato and likes keeping herself active. However, this doesn’t mean she doesn’t enjoy just playing games or reading a good book. She likes to work at the studio and really experiment with different materials, where she explores different ways to express her creativity into her artwork.

Formal Analysis: The majority of her work was silver or copper that was turned into different items. Some were in the shape of a penis and some were in the shape of a ladle that also looked like a musical note. She also makes jewelry with them and all of which had a smooth distinct feeling with them. The tiles also have a nice design of a flower on them, and the colors resembled the pretty colors i would see on the inside of a clam’s shell.

Content Analysis: Cabanig explains that her artwork was inspired by her daily life. She likes to incorporate things such as humor, her personal feelings, as well as emotions.  All of these things help her create the artwork, but she explains that she does the artwork without a set plan. She uses the emotion and her feelings at the time she is working and puts it into her work

Synthesis/ My Experience:  This was definetly a different type of experience for me. I liked hearing about how she is a spontaneous artist and how she would incorporate certain things in her artwork that were also based purely on the moment. She would also always have some video games in mind, being a gamer would also have made an impression on her artwork. The random thoughts that spring from her head are put into her work, and I don’t see them as “weird” or “rushed” but instead, I see it as “unique” because these were her own experiences or thoughts that have been put into the work


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