Artist: Sean Joy Cabanig
Exhibition: All Work All Play
Media: Metals: Copper, and Silver
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Sean Joy is an undergraduate student at CSULB. She is in the School of Art Metals Program and will be graduating this semester. Cabanig is originally from L.A. but moved to Long to attend college here. Her first two years as a student, she lived in the dorms. In her third year, she moved into an apartment. All Work All Play is Sean Joy’s first show. Some of her interests include reading, cats, and playing games. She really enjoys being in the studio and experimenting with new metals. She became interested in metal after her second year at CSULB. When first attending Cal State Long Beach, she was in the studio art program.
Each of Sean Joy’s piece were different from each other. The shapes were in different shapes and sizes. Some pieces were small simple rings and others were big intricate necklaces. Each piece had a smooth texture to them because they are made of metal. The color scheme of each piece were similar to one another. Her pieces were either a dark brown color, or they were a shiny silver. The scale of each piece was realistic to what they represented.
When talking to Cabanig, she explained that her ideas for her art range from her emotions to her daily life. Some of the art in her gallery were from projects assigned to her over time in her classes. Other pieces show her emotions that she felt. She said that she tried to invoke humor into her pieces as best as she could, which is why some pieces are shaped like a penises. She also stated that some pieces held dark emotions for her as well. The piece that had the darkest message was the choker. She said that when creating this piece, she had been going through a rough patch in life and this was her way of expressing herself.
I personally enjoyed looking at her art. Most of the jewelry pieces looked like they belonged in a jewelry store. Even though the jewelry was not my style, I can definitely see someone wearing some of her art to fancy parties. Knowing that her emotions were apart of her inspiration for her art, it made each piece even more interesting. I found myself walking around trying to guess the emotions that Cabanig was feeling that day. Some pieces were more obvious than others to guess the emotions. Overall, I was very fascinated by the art gallery and had a great time talking to Sean Joy Cabanig.