Artist: Sean Joy Cabanig
Exhibition: All Work All Play
Media: Metals: Copper, silver
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
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Sean is an undergraduate student, studying her last semester at CSULB. She is in the BFA Metals department. Originally from LA, she currently lives in Long Beach where she lived on campus for two years. At first she applied to the CSULB creative writing program with poetry emphasis, then changed to studio art. It took her two years to decide she was going to go into metals instead of drawing and painting. It was a new and different environment that she enjoyed. In her free time, she enjoys reading, gaming, loving cats, and being active. She is always in her studio experimenting with stuff.
A lot of her designs are things you would find or use in everyday life, such as different size bowls and a necklace. All her designs are not just items on a piece of paper, they are physical objects. Some items like the necklace, you can clearly see that its made of metal, but the bowls and little squares are harder to tell that they are made out of that materials. I can also see the same ideas and colors within all her pieces, they incorporate copper, and blue and white paint in a flower design.
Sean is inspired by her surrounding, which include the environment, emotion, being, humor, and every other influence, even random thoughts. For her first exhibit, her ideas journals her emotions and daily life. She practices whatever project she is given at a time. She likes to put her own humor and emotions into her pieces. She starts off with a concept sketch, then discusses it with her professor and shows them a paper model. Once she gets her idea approved she goes straight to her metal or wax making. She experiments with a lot of her ideas and makes her art works adapt to whatever lifestyle or emotion she feels.
I really enjoyed looking at all of her art pieces, they are all something I could see myself using in my own daily life. With the name of her exhibit, she is always focusing on the task asked and then she goes and plays with her work. She experiments a lot, to see all the different outcomes. This made me realize that it’s okay to try new and different things, even if they don’t turn out great.