Week 10- Artist Conversation – Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition Information

Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: Oil paintings, pastels, monoprints, and water based materials

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: http://www.helenwernercox.com/

Instagram: None

About the Artist

Helen Cox currently is in the graduate program here at California State University of Long Beach for her Masters of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting Figurative. She is originally from Ithaca, New York until the age of 18. She didn’t like the East Coast because of rain and snow so she decided to move to sunny Southern California. Her hobbies are to garden and read different books. In her garden she has California native plants, low water plants and fruit trees. When she reads books her favorite genre is fiction and mystery art. When she moved out to California she was a librarian for 14 years after she was a teacher her in California and in Boston. She likes to carry a book around with her so if she has any new ideas she could sketch them and get back to them when she wants to.

Formal Analysis

Helen Cox’s exhibit at the art gallery displays different pieces of carousels and animals that go with the carousels. Her art work was all different sizes from being large to small and being colorful to black and white. There was one piece in there that caught my eye which was the wooden sculpture she did of a horse on a carousel. Most of the faces on the horses had scared or frightened looks like something is chasing them. This tied into each piece differently but made the piece complete. All the pieces I was interested in were created by using pastel which had blue or an orange color to them. Overall, all her pieces had a common theme of a carousel.

Content Analysis

Helen explained to us that the world goes in circles. That is how she got interested in making her art around carousels. This reminded her of the constant circle our world is going through. In her work she wants to make the humans in the real world be her horses in her art work. This is by showing us that people are not calm but make mistakes in there life time. All the horses faces had this puzzled or frantic face because it is to show how humans look when there is chaos around. She also went to the Griffith park to look at the carousel there and at the Santa Monica pier. The owner at Griffith park introduced Helen to a lady that is a carousel animal collector. This person allowed her to stay and take sketches of the different carousel animals she could see. One of her pieces at the gallery was when she rode a carousel for four hours and drew a sketch when she was on it. Most of her pieces that are made out of pastel took a long time to make so she told us that she wasn’t going to do them again.

Synthesis/My Experience

I would have to say this art gallery had to be one of the most amazing one because of the size of the art work and the detail that was put into it. These pieces were all had a three dimensional look to them that made you stare at them for a while. I could look at all these pieces for hours to understand the whole meaning of each. Another reason why I loved it is that my mom loves carousels and I always grew up looking at them. I have to give her credit for making these pieces. I could never have that much patients to make pieces with pastel and have so much details. Overall, this has to be my favorite so far and can’t wait what next week has in store for us.



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