Artist: Helen Werner Cox
Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: Arches Oil Paper, Oil Paint, Pastel
Gallery: CSULB School of Art. Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
Today’s artist that I met was Helen Werner Cox. She grew up in New York and lived there till she was 18. There she studied at Lawson University School of Fine Arts. Because she didn’t like the weather over there she moved over here and has been in Long Beach for the past 28 years of here life. She was a middle school library media teacher before she came to CSULB as a graduate student in the MFA drawing and painting program. Other of her interests other than art are gardening and reading.
Helen’s work has a lot of lines and you can really see the the motion in each line. I felt like her work focused a lot on drawing. The thing about her work that caught my eye was the fact that there was some really specific lines in her work and then there are parts of her work where she blurs it out. I feel like that makes her art even better because of all the detail that she puts in each art piece.
Her main idea of this gallery was the idea of life. It all started because she imagined a antique carousal where humans with problems would ride on. This idea was that each person just goes in circles with a problem and continues that way until the person if their lucky enough have enough momentum to fall off the carousel and begin in a path that makes them have a successful life. In other words this carousel with humans and all the mistakes they keep making would be society to her.
Synthesis/ My Experience
I actually really enjoyed this weeks art experience because of how the art was made. What i loved about the paintings were the fact that they were so realistic and I really enjoyed seeing that. She was really able to capture the horse and the carousel. What I also really enjoyed was how the art had movement and how you could almost see it move or what direction it was moving in. It almost reminded me of a picture because she captured a time and it just froze as she captured it, but it reminds me of a picture because you could see the movement of the objects.