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


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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.


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