Week 10 – Artist Conversation – Helen Werner Cox



Artist Name: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: Paintings, Oil Pastel, Woodcarving, Monoprint

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery

Website: http://www.helenwernercox.com

Instagram: No Instagram / Email: U2Helen@msm.com


About the Artist: Helen is a graduate student at CSULB and is currently working on her master’s degree in Fine Arts. She grew up in Ithaca, New York. She went to school at BU School of Fine Arts and then stayed in Boston, Massachusetts  for sixteen years before moving here to California. She was an art teacher for middle school students. Beside working on art Helen likes to read fiction and mystery novels as well enjoys  gardening.

Formal Analysis: Helen’s art work is inspired by carousel horses. For her paintings she uses pastels, ink, and charcoal to create her art work. She uses as well shading to make her pictures look realistic. Although some of her paintings are black and white and others  very colorful, they all tend to look very realistic and give that real look to them.

Content Analysis: This exhibition is called Silent Screams which is centered around the idea that the antique e carousel is a visual metaphor of society. Carousels have been around for a very long time, and she mentioned that carousels were actually for adults and not children. She as well believes that horses are  an instrumental of human development, such as farming, transportation, and war.

Synthesis/ My Experience: As I walked into the art gallery, I was really in shock. I was in shock because of all the beautiful art work Helen herself has created. I am really into horses and I have always wanted to have a horse myself, but it is just to expensive to keep the horse healthy and in good condition. So when I walked in I was really amused with all the paintings, specially the one of the carousel it seemed as if the horses in a way where in a 3D form. I had always loved carousels as a little kid, but now on how she explained what it actually meant made me think of what a carousel could really stand for.


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