Wk 15: Artist Conversation-Nancy Young

Exhibition Information:

Artist: Nancy Young

Exhibition: As the Crow Flies

Media: Print making

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: none

Instagram: none

The final gallery walk for this semester I got to interview CSULB artist Nancy Young with my classmates. She is in the print making program. Nancy is an undergrad here at the university but this is her final year before she graduates. This was actually her last exhibition as a student here. Her hobbies are listening to music, her art, and her dog which she loves so much. Her work is inspired by her life experiences and her dog. Nancy is currently a programmer for the county of orange and does not plan on making a living out of her artwork.

Nancy’s background is in print making so all of her art pieces began as pictures that she took herself. The colors of her art work are black and very grim looking. It looks to be a lot of engraving and lots of intricate lines that make very clear pictures like the many crows she designed. She used various materials but an interesting one was how she carved wood in order to create a precise design of a crow. It was very jagged, dark, and gave it a look as if it would pop out at you. It was very interesting learning about the process of the art work.

Her art revolves on the many life experiences she has had. She says her artwork allows her to express herself through them and she could look back to see all that she has overcome. Nancy’s art keeps her going and in a sense keeps her “sane” as she says. Not only her obstacles in life but also her dog play a part in her inspiration for the art work. Almost all the artwork in the gallery was done this semester. Her art is not to make a living but to tell her story and gives her an outlet to do so.

This was a very interesting exhibition because I have never seen this kind of art before (print making). It really enjoyed the dark grim feel over her work with all the crows, dark colors, and rough appearance. Nancy is a very talented artist and has overcome so much to get to where she is today. The story she tells through her art can resonate with so many people and it is inspiring to the highest degree. I would love to see her artwork again so hopefully she comes to display more work her at CSULB after graduation.



Wk 9:Artist Conversation-Sean Joy Cabanig

Exhibition Information:

Artist: Sean Joy Cabanig

Exhibition: All Work All Play

Media: Metals

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: none

Instagram: unknown

Today on the gallery walk I got to talk to CSULB artist Sean Joy Cabanig. She is a twenty three year old undergrad here at CSULB from Los Angeles who has been going to school here for five years. She now lives in Long Beach and she originally came in as a Creative Writing major but is now following her passion and is pursuing her BFA in Metals. Sean Joy’s interests consist of gaming, painting, cooking, hanging out with her boyfriend, and cats.

Sean Joy’s work is Metal based and consists of differently shaped objects. She has pieces that resemble necklaces, finger braces, objects like acorns, jewelry, containers etc. A lot of her work I have noticed has a lot of round shapes to them. The metals used looks like copper and silver. The pieces are very smooth like for the most part like sphere shaped copper pieces on one of the necklaces for example. Texture and feel is overall smooth.

Her work is inspired by her environment and what is around her. Sean Joy is a very experimental person and does not have a set concept to her art. She did say that her favorite piece is the finger brace which was inspired by the movie Forest Gump and the leg braces he had to wear as a kid. She spends a lot of time in the studio just experimenting with different ideas. Sean Joy definitely likes to incorporate her personality in her pieces and likes to have fun with it.

I thought Sean Joy’s art work was really interesting because it gives off like a careless free flowing feel to it. Her pieces are definitely flawless and are very well made which I find very impressive. I like her idea that you don’t need to have a certain inspiration with your art, it should just come to you from your own daily life. I really think that is what art is all about, sharing a different experience with other people. I overall really enjoyed the exhibit and I wish Sean Joy best of luck in her future.