Wk10 – Artist Conversation – Helen Werner Cox

Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: Oil, Pastel, Maker, Inks, Crayons, MonoPrints, Basswood Carving

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery West


Instagram: No Instagram

For this weeks gallery I decided to visit and write about Helen Werner Cox and her exhibit, Silent Screams. She is currently attending CSULB and is aiming for her Masters Degree in the Fine Arts Program of Drawing and Painting. I found out that she had to move away from home in order to pursue her dreams as an artist. So at the age of 18, she moved to Massachusetts where she studied fine arts. I would consider Helen to be very experienced since she has 30 years of teaching art at highs cools and middle schools. Some hobbies that she enjoys is gardening and reading fictional books.

Helen’s work involves the use of oil paints, pastels, and prints. In the art piece  with the carousel horses, Helen utilized her materials to add warm, cool, light, and dark shadings in order to create the line drawing. Because Helen discovered that using only pastels take up too much time, instead she used pastels on top of oil paint which also gives it that sharply curved detail. She also gave everyone a piece of advice saying that it is always better to be organized, which I forgot to mention that she actually writes things down in one of her journals all her ideas so she does not forget them later.

Antique carousels carved in the early 1920’s is what inspired Helen and her work because that’s what it resembles. The main reason why all the horses in her work have their mouths open is to portray her deeper meaning behind the art. The meaning behind the horses with their mouths open as if they were screaming is to compare that with how adults are today in our society and how they are always on merry go rounds throughout their life.

Overall, I found Helen and her work to be very unique. Especially because her work revolves around using oil paint and pastels rather than the other artists we’ve have here before. Her work shows just how much hard work and dedication is needed to fulfill such amazing pieces. Her message regarding who adults relive these cycles such as “merry go rounds” really connected with me because in our lives we find our selves doing things over and over again. For example, wake up, go to school, work, and then the next day and after that repeat. I enjoyed this weeks art gallery, especially Helen’s work.


Wk10 – Art Experience – Instagram

This weeks art experience involved the whole class to become social which I thought was pretty cool. As my day went by, I made sure to take interesting pictures of things that I did that Thursday. My first post was after I was leaving our at class, as you can see it seems as if the Latino club were protesting against something that had to do with immigration and the police. That is why my post caption was “Si no gritas, eres migra” which translates into “If you don’t scream, you’re immigration”. The second picture I posted was about going to Ross and luckily finding a nice pare of soccer shoes which I really needed at the time. The third picture I posted was after I finally got home and just wanted to play some video games, in this case The Division. The very last picture was after I played soccer at Goals Soccer Center. I took the picture after we were done playing which is why it seems so dark. I usually go with my friends from Monday through Thursday from 10 to 11 pm. Overall, this weeks artist conversation was different and really showed how everyone connected to one another through social media and post about their day.

W10 – Classmate Conversation – Shannon McGuinness

Shannon McCuiness

For my classmate conversation, I decided to go up to Shannon McGuinness. I learned that she is currently a sophomore just like myself and is studying management. She has various hobbies which are video games, listening to music, going to the movies, loves to sing, and going out with her friends. Another thing I learned about Shannon is how sort of shy when it comes to meeting new people. She also mentioned that after she overcomes her shyness and puts herself out of her comfort zone to meet new people, it’s a great feeling. Just like myself, Shannon also has a dog but her’s is named Mika whereas mine is named Simba.


Wk9 – Artist Conversation – Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig
Exhibition: All Work All Play
Media: Copper and Silver Metals
Gallery: Marily Gerby West
Website: None
Instagram: None

Sean has been here at CSULB for five years and will soon be receiving her BFA in Metals to continue her passion. Before actually going into Metals or art, she did not know what she wanted to study. Thats when she decided to study art, but more specific drawing and painting. But she fell in love with Metals after taking interest in an introductory class to Metals. Other than art Sean has other hobbies such as reading, gaming, and cats.

In her artwork is is evident she specializes in metals because everything is made out of some sort of metal. Her work come in various shapes and sizes, none are the same. They are also very smooth with no sharp edges or straight lines. One other thing she does when making her work is that she does not change the color of the metal, yet she only changes its form. In other words, the natural look of the metal is the same when it comes to its color. Most of her art pieces can be worn either on the neck or fingers. You can categorize her work as jewelry because it can be worn. Sean mentioned her work is simple and plain. But looking from her work, it looks more complicated than it seems. It shows how talented she is because she is comfortable describing her work as simple when its not really that simple to make.

Most of her pieces were based off things in her daily life. She mentioned nothing specific influenced her work, just simply what she lived and who she was as person is what got her to do her pieces. But even though they were not specific she still made it possible for her to incorporate either emotion or humor within her work. Another detail i enjoyed was that the use of the different types of metals brought out the smoothness and simplicity in her work which emphasizes what she means when she says that her work is simple and plain. Her work revolves from no specific influence but from her environment and experiences.

When I got to the art gallery that her exhibit was held at, I did notice her use of metals. It seemed very simple and plain yet very nice and pleasing to the eye. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen an exhibit with metals and I have to say that its been my favorite so far; the exhibits with metal that is. I have to be honest and say that I don’t exactly know what she was going for when she made the penis sculpture, but it was very detailed. I’d also like to say that I did not really enjoy it because I did not get the message behind it. Overall, I enjoyed this art gallery.

Wk9 – Classmate Conversation – Francisco Miranda


My first classmate conversation was with one of my dearest friends, Francisco Miranda. We go way back. We first met in high school during Fran,an year for AP European History. One thing he didn’t know that I finally decided to tell him is that the first time I met him I thought he was kind of like a rocker kid. He had the long hair and the clothes but what threw me off a bit was his choice of shoes, Nike. I then later realized that he was not like I thought he was. He was the complete opposite; I guess the saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover” is true. Once I told him, we both cracked up and couldn’t believe how far we’ve come as friends.

As for his goals, he wants to graduate from here at CSULB as an Accountant. That wasn’t his first choice when he first arrived; his first choice was Electrical Engineering. Although that happened, he is currently happy with what he is doing. Also, he wants to become a father and have a family, while also being able to have a Dodge Ram of the the year. As for his hobbies, he enjoys playing video games, most preferably, Diablo 3. He also like to play basketball, and from what he tells me , he is better than me. Last but not least, he loves to buy color ways of his liking to the Reotr/Air Force 1’s.



Ghost is one of the finest marksman here at Moonbase Alpha.

Hello there fellow citizens, I go by the name Ghost and I am apart of the Marine task force here at Moonbase Alpha. I am an important asset to the security of our base and citizens and I will do everything in my power to keep it that way. Safety for my our people is my main priority against foreigners. My name comes from the way I go into battle. My main tactic is going is as quiet as possible, get in and get out. As if I was never there, hence, the name. Because of everything I’ve gone through I’ve become fond of this place, it has become my home. For years now, there has not been any sort of danger or invasion from outsiders, but it has been very peaceful around here. During my stay I have met many people that have later become some of my dearest friends. These friends and home is what I cherish the most which is why I believe so heavily in keeping my planet safe. Growing up I did not have much, small home, very little food, and no money. I also lost my parents at a young age to the last war that happened here at Moonbase Alpha. That is also one of the reasons why I have become a marine, to follow my parents footsteps and protect our planet for our citizens and families. But if duty calls, I am always there… but without being seen.

Jonathan Sniper

Jonathan sniper is one of my dearest friends that I met here at the Moonbase while training to become apart of the Marine Task Force. We have become more than friends, we are practically brothers, in and out of combat. Alongside each other we have defended the Moonbase various times all by ourselves with our unique marksman skills.

Aqua Marine

Aqua Marine a fellow protector of the seas here at the Moonbase. Lately it has been very peaceful when it comes to the seas and water supply. But then a few days ago some of the water supply has gone missing and it has been affecting the numbers of sea creatures. They have been mysteriously disappearing and the Marine Task Force have been informed it’s someone from within the base. So far, we have been linked up with Aqua Marine in order to stop an end to the dangers affecting our seas and put a stop to whoever is doing this.


Evangeline was the first in our suspect list, because we received some intel that she owns a  sea food restaurant. Where else could she possible be getting all this sea food other than here an Moonbase? But then again, this mysterious disappearance has only been occurring until now and Evangeline has owned this restaurant for years now so it can’t be her. Unless she has been buying from some black market dealer who has been accountable for the disappearance of all the fish? But either way we are making progress to finding out who has been up to this.

Wk8 – Artist Conversation – Bri Joy

Artist: Bri Joy

Exhibition: Merge

Media: Screen Prints

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: none

Instagram: @Bri.joy

From my conversation with Bri Joy this week I learned a lot about her. She was a transfer student from Batho’s college and attended Orange High School of the Arts. This year is Bri’s last year, but she has been in screen printing for three years now and is looking forward to graduating. Growing up, she came from a place where everyone knew one another, meaning low population. Her hometown is Modgeska Canyon. Her hobbies consist of surfing, yoga, and snowboarding. In addition, because she came from a place where everyone knew each other, it was a surprise to her how people are here when she first arrived. Her exhibition, Merge, reflects the idea of how she has become who she is today.

The material she uses is very expensive but makes up her work her very own. Bri uses a very specific kind of paper for her work called BFK archival printing making paper. At the exhibit, she mentioned how much of this material she needed which was around 10 yards of it. One of the difficulties while making this particular exhibit was that she had to print this by hand rather than printing it with ink because it would’ve been very difficult to print out of 10 yards of paper. All of her work consisted of black and white if you’re considering the BFK paper as one of the colors used. But it was mainly the black ink. No line is identical in her work, they’re all different yet smooth. Like mentioned before, her art is a reflection of herself and how she has become the person she is today, bringing the past and present into one; hence the exhibition name.

Bri’s art is meant to focus all the attention on the message behind the artwork rather than the appearance itself. She brings forth emotion in her work to hinge in the viewer as to what she is trying to convey. Because there is no color in her work, it allows the viewer to focus all on the artwork’s meaning and not be distracted by different colors. Her main inspiration is  Concept versus color. It is also shows her transitions in life from when she moved from her home to her new life here and all her other experiences that have shaped her to be the person she is today. Her art is simple, but can be very complex because it involves the viewers full devotion into what the message is behind the piece.

When I first walked in I did not think much of the exhibit rather than it was only black and white. Not just for one work, but for all of her pieces. I still found her work to be very interesting because I was trying to figure out what each piece many or what was Bri’s meaning behind it. But as soon as I started my conversation with her it was obvious what was her message. One other thing I noticed was that even though her art was so simple, it can still be complex. And I feel that is Bri’s main goal, to challenge the viewer and figure out what her work means, but she assists the viewer by having no color to avoid distractions. I also found it beautiful once I found out how she incorporated who she has become as a person based on her experiences in her artwork.


Wk8 – Art Experience – Automatic Drawing

This week’s art experience is the automatic drawing. In all honestly, it seemed silly because the objective was to let the pencil move and draw on its own while both you and your partner are holding it. The first thing that came to mind was, either one of the two holding it could be moving it but just lie about it, making seem as if the pencil drew on it’s own. Unfortunately, that did not happen for me and my sister while we tried to let the pencil draw on its own. We literally sat there for at least 10 to 15 mins with our legs crossed and knees touching and nothing happened. Then we decided to just move our hands together which ever way either person wanted to make something random. It turned out to be scribbling all over the paper because the room was pitch black. The colors we used were blue, green, yellow, and purple (even though its really hard to tell what color). Overall, I felt like the project was corny but it was funny. It brought out some laughs out of the project and I felt like it was more of a bond and spending time with one other person.

Wk8 – Classmate Conversation – Carlos Cucufate


This weeks classmate conversation I did it with Carlos Cucufate. Carlos is a freshman here at CSULB studying to become a business management major. He currently lives in Inglewood which is not too far from where I live. It takes us both about twenty minutes to get to school. Carlos commutes like most students here, but he doesn’t mind driving at all. He drives a BMW to school. His favorite sports consist of soccer and basketball. One hobby he enjoys is playing X-box One. His favorite game to play on the X box is FIFA 16, which also one of my favorite games.Carlos is a Real Madrid fan whereas I am a Barcelona, they’re matches against each other are called “El Clasico”. In the end, I found Carlos to be very calm and down to earth.

Wk7 – Artist Conversation – Alicia Keyworth

Artist: Alicia Keyworth

Exhibition: f* Art

Media: Cotton, thread, trash bags, metallic yarn

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: none

Instagram:  @aliciakeyworth

For this weeks artist conversation I decided to do it with artist, Alicia Keyworth. When Alicia first got here at CSULB, she began as a graphic designer during her freshman year and later changed to art. Switching to art education was the best decision for her because most importantly she found her “fit”. But she fell in love with using fiber and implementing it with art. As of now, she is an undergraduate here who is looking forward to graduating next semester with her BFA in fiber and BA in art education. As a hobby, she enjoys to weave.

Alicia Keyworth’s work is focused more on the idea of the process of creating a piece from start to finish, rather than how it ends up. One of the first pieces I noticed in Gatov Gallery East was the woven artifact mounted on the wall. The colors she used for this set of piece was only two colors, black and sparkling gold. But the work itself was woven with cotton yarn, trash bags, and metallic yarn. The metallic yarn might explain how the gold sparkles over the black base of the woven piece. The inspiration behind this piece was because she wanted to challenge herself with something different, not the usual. Which in the end, came out beautiful. She mentioned her work being structurally traditional and free in material. As mentioned before, she focuses more on the process and the challenge rather than the outcome. Alicia tests her abilities to produce something different that isn’t normally used for the process of making her pieces.

Alicia’s artwork is a reflection of the type of person she is. As everyone was around her asking her questions, I noticed how she seems free spirited and always wants to focus her work on what she wants to do, but also be different from others. From looking at most of her work, I can see she is an eco-friendly type of person because its evident while she uses trash bags in the process of her work. She also uses waste or scrap parts which is why I believe she is an eco-friendly type of person. Like mentioned before, her work is definitely a reflection of the way she is while also being unique and very interesting. In my opinion she has succeeded in challenging herself by doing something different by using spare parts and focusing on the process more than the outcome. Even though her work revolves around spare parts, you get some sort of quality that Alicia is able to accomplish through her focus on the process. Her artwork is different, but very special.

Over all, I had a great experience looking at this weeks exhibits at the CSULB School of Art. Even though there were various artists showcasing their pieces, I decided to focus on Alicia Keyworth. I believe her work has a meaning behind it; you don’t have to use expensive or high quality materials to make something considered as art and still have that same quality from the hard work put into it. I learned from this experience that the type of person you are, your daily values, what you believe, what you don’t, really reflects what kinds of work artists craft.