Artist: Helen Werner Cox
Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: Oil, Pastel, Prints
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov- West
This weeks artist conversation was with Helen Werner Cox. She is originally from New York she was raised near by Cornell University. Her reason for moving to California was because of the weather and she had gotten a job as a teacher. She has been teaching for about thirty years in total. For thirteen years she was a high school teacher and for seventeen years she taught at a middle school which she enjoyed more. Other than teaching she enjoys gardening and also she loves to read. Her favorite genre are fiction and mystery. She graduated from CSULB in the MFA Drawing and Painting. The reason for starting this art gallery is because she started going to old carousel’s like the one in Santa Monica where the horses looked like they were screaming with there tongues hanging out and that is where she got this idea and her influence to make this exhibition.
The materials she uses are oils, pastels, and print making. She has different type of techniques she uses towards her art. She makes lines and she adds color to it to make what ever picture she is trying to make. Most of the colors she uses are either warm or cool colors. She also uses pastels in mostly all of her paintings and those pieces are the ones that took her the longest to finish up. Mostly likely she won’t be making any other bigger pieces because they take her a long time to finish up. Pastels are allot of time consuming for her. Her lines are incredible and delicate yet convey such an important underlying message. When you look closely you can see the very specific detail she uses which pieces everything together.
In her art you can see how much passion she has in her paintings. She wants to show us all the energy she put into her pieces. Her ideas explore society spinning in circles that reflects upon humans and how they do not learn from their mistakes but just keep doing the same routine. She also wants to tell us how we are trapped in society and we are not growing. Society is not learning from their mistakes and it really bothers her. She wants to convey frustration in her art. She’s putting how this message so people can realize what is going on and to help them understand how she is feeling.
Helen’s gallery felt really nostalgic. It reminded me of when I was younger and my parents would take me to ride on the carousel. When you see her art at first you just would think that she painting these carousel’s to bring back memories of when we were young.But actually paying attention to her art and understanding what she wants to tell us. I agree with her that in life we do the same thing everyday. We never change our routine and we just do the same things over and over again maybe because that’s our comfort zone for us. Which is true to many people but sometimes that limits us to live life to the fullest. I really enjoyed her gallery its was very unique and beautiful.