Artist: Helen Werner Cox
Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: Oil paint, pastels, prints
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery West
Helen Werner Cox is a graduate student in her last semester at CSULB. She is in the MFA drawing and painting program. On her free time, Helen enjoys gardening and reading both fiction and mystery novels. She taught for thirty years as an art teacher and librarian at a high school and middle school in Boston, Massachusetts. Helen grew up in New York State outside Ithaca and at the age of eighteen she attended school in Boston in BU Fine Arts. She moved to California for the weather since she was tired of snow and rain in Massachusetts.
Helen’s work utilizes oil paint, pastels and prints. To create the line drawing of the carousel horses, Helen uses shading in different places along with warms, cools, lights, and darks. The lines of the drawing are sharply curved and are done with pastels on top of oil paint because she discovered that using only pastels takes up too much time. Helen stated that the she found the easiest way to keep track of her ideas is with a schedule to keep everything organized.
Her art pieces take inspiration from antique carousels carved in the early 1920’s. Each of the horses in her drawings have their mouths wide open with their tongues out as if they’re screaming. She connects these ideas to adults in society today and how it seems as though they are all on constant merry-go-rounds in their life. For the flower shaped image of the ceiling, Helen researched in Griffith Park for inspiration.
Overall, I found Helen to be an extremely talented artist! Her skills are amazingly shone in the detail of her work. Creating such large art pieces takes much time and effort which she definitely put in. I think the meaning behind her art deeply resonates with me in the way that I feel I’m on a non-stop and very repetitive carousel with school. I can also see a lot of other people connecting with her unique art pieces.