Artist: Helen Werner Cox
Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: Oil paintings, pastels, monoprints, and water based materials
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
Helen Cox currently is in the graduate program for her Masters of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting Figurative. She is originally from Ithaca, New York. She moved out to California because she did not like the rain and snow on the East Coast. She loves to garden and read different types of books. In her garden she has California native plants, low water plants and fruit trees. Her favorite genre to read is mystery art and fiction. When she moved out to California she was a librarian for 14 years. She likes to carry a book around with her so if she has any new ideas she could sketch them and get back to them when she wants to.
Helen Cox’s exhibit at the art gallery displays different pieces of carousels and animals that go with the carousels. Her art work varied in sizes from being large to small and being colorful to black and white. Most of the faces on the horses had scared or frightened looks like something is chasing them. I felt like this maybe symbolized how horses are mistreated in circus acts. This tied into each piece differently but made the piece complete. All the pieces I was interested in were created by using pastel which had blue or an orange color to them.
Helen explained to us that the world goes in circles. That is how she got interested in making her art around carousels. This reminded her of the constant circle our world is going through. In her work she wants to make the humans in the real world be her horses in her art work. This is by showing us that people are not calm but make mistakes in there life time. All the horses faces had this puzzled or frantic face because it is to show how humans look when there is chaos around. She also went to the Griffith park to look at the carousel there and at the Santa Monica pier. The owner at Griffith park introduced Helen to a lady that is a carousel animal collector. This person allowed her to stay and take sketches of the different carousel animals she could see. One of her pieces at the gallery was when she rode a carousel for four hours and drew a sketch when she was on it. Most of her pieces that are made out of pastel took a long time to make so she told us that she wasn’t going to do them again.
I would have to say this art gallery had to be one of the most amazing one because of the size of the art work and the detail that was put into it. These pieces were all had a three dimensional look to them that made you stare at them for a while. I could look at all these pieces for hours to understand the whole meaning of each. Another reason why I loved it is that my mom loves carousels and I always grew up looking at them. I have to give her credit for making these pieces. I could never have that much patients to make pieces with pastel and have so much details. Overall, this has to be my favorite so far and can’t wait what next week has in store for us.