Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig
Exhibition: All Work All Play
Media: Metal, Bronze, Copper, Gold, Silver etc.
Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery
About the Artist
Sean Joy Cabanig is an undergrad. at California State University Long Beach. Sean Joy works with her art and expressed that she always keeps trying new things with it. She finds the hobby of reading books enjoyable and is originally from L.A. proper. Her jewelry usually expresses fashion form in modern day society. She is a art major.
Most of her pieces seem to have smooth contours and not to many jagged edges. The metal contains rough and rustic looks. Meaning it is done by staining and having patterns on the metal. The brown and dark colors are also used showing earthy tones. The ball necklace piece shows a comparison between the shined chains and the dark colored balls that rest at the bottom of the necklace. There is a overall theme of jewelry and accessories in her metallurgical artwork. Smooth curvatures meet at peaks on many art pieces as well.
I believe her artwork is mostly about this image of bondage and jewelry we have today. This could express maybe a cultural criticism on the purchasing of fine jewelry at high costs. Overall, you get a sort of darker emotional feel from the objects. Especially the art piece that is a finger restraint with metal. It shows maybe a co-dependency with accessories. Or maybe, the title of the exhibit All Work All Play shows the type of role jewelry plays in society.
Synthesis / My Experience
To me it almost displays how often the jewelry is used. We see a type of restriction with jewelry as it almost defines us a certain way. At least, this is my interpretation. She honestly might have created this art piece just because she really felt she wanted to create jewelry with a more rustic feel. I feel honestly the artwork should be sold because its really visually appealing. However, most of her pieces seem like they wouldn’t be very culturally accepted. In the end, I really enjoyed this art exhibit more than any other.