Artist: Helen Werner Cox
Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: Oil paint, pastels, prints
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery West
For this weeks artist conversation, I got to understand the art Helen Werner Cox created in depth. Helen Werner Cox is a graduate student in her last semester at CSULB. She is currently in the drawing and painting program. Some of her hobbies and interests include gardening and reading (specifically mystery or fiction novels). Before coming to CSULB, Cox was a art teacher and librarian at different schools in Boston, Massachusetts. Cox later moved to California after having attended college in Boston because of the weather.
When entering the Gatov Gallery West, I noticed the works on the wall that I later found out were Helen Werner Cox. When talking to a group of students, Cox explained that her work is made up of materials such as oil paints, pastels, and prints. In order to create the lines on her paintings, Cox utilizes different colors to create its shading. These colors create techniques that are warm, cool, light, and dark. Cox uses pastels over a layer of oil paint in order to speed up the process because using pastels alone is time consuming. Cox uses a schedule to create her art and use her ideas because she likes to be organized.
In her work of art, Helen Werner Cox gets her inspiration from antique carousels carved in the early 1920s. In her paintings, Cox depicts the horses with their mouth opens and tounges sticking out of them. This shows how the horses are screaming out loud but they are silent. This is the reasoning for the name of her exhibition: Silent Screams. She connects these ideas of the horses to adults living in today’s society.
Overall, I found this exhibit to be interesting and entertaining. I really liked Helen Werner Cox art because of the context and colors. I really enjoyed the combination of all the colors she used and how it turned out to look. The technique she used in her painting was impressive and how the images of the horse still turned out to look realistic. The discussion/conversation with Cox was helpful for me to understand the context of the painting. I like the idea used by Cox and the story it told.