Wk 9-Artist Conversation-Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Artist:Sean Joy

Exhibition:All Work All Play

Media:copper and silver(metals)

Gallery:CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

Website:no website

Instagram:personal instagram only, no art instagram

About the Artist

Sean is an undergrad here at Cal State Long Beach, this is her last semester, and her first art show! She is a part of the CSULB School of Art’s metal program, and she is currently working for her BFA. Sean originates from LA, but is living in Long Beach currently. She actually got the opportunity to dorm here for 2 years, and is now on her fifth and final year. Outside of art, Sean enjoys reading, some gaming, and she loves cats. When she is in the studio she likes to experiment, and keep active in that way. Her work journals her emotions or activities of her daily life. Sometimes she is just practicing the projects given to her in her classes. Sean also likes to inject her humor into her work if she can. An example of her using emotion in her piece is seen in the picture above of the choker and balls. An interesting fact about Sean is that she actually applied here for creative writing and poetry, but at SOAR she immediately changed to studio art. After two years she decided she wanted to go into metals instead of drawing and painting because it was new and exciting, and she didn’t know there was such a program like it.

Formal Analysis

As mentioned above, the media used was metals such as copper and silver. Sean’s work is very unique, and each piece is different. If I were to describe the nature of one piece such as the choker, I would say the balls are smooth in texture, and the chains are rough as you would imagine. It is similar to a piece of jewelry that any girl would wear, but it carries much more meaning, and isn’t necessarily used to fashion purposes. The color of her work matches the metal she uses: so silver for silver and copper when she used copper metal, she added no additional color.

Content Analysis

When creating this exhibit, and all her pieces, Sean really uses her emotions in that moment. You must have patience to be able to succeed in this kind of work, and Sean values that. She loves that metals can be perfected in their technical aspects. This allows her to match her work to whatever she feels in that moment. Sean believes that she can’t just sit and wait for inspiration, she must simply do, and see what comes of it. In the end when she reviewed her work, she was happy that she worked and played hard.


The art was nice, but the explanation Sean gave behind her work was what really stood out to me. Sean said that patience, perseverance, and acceptance are all important in what she does, and I can very well relate. Being a pre-nursing major is a pretty hard road to take in college. I currently just applied to the nursing program at Long Beach, and another one back home. I need all those virtues that Sean mentioned above, since it is really up in the air where I will be going to school next year. You have to apply to nursing school, you don’t just get in, and that’s scary. I need to learn to let go and accept that wherever I end up, and whatever I’m doing, will be where I’m meant to be.


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