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 is in the graduate program for her Masters in Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting Figurative at Cal State Long Beach. She was born in Ithaca, New York until the age of 18. She admits that she wasn’t a big fan of the East Coast because of the cold weather, so she decided to move to Southern California. Some of her hobbies are gardening and reading all sorts of books. In her garden she has California native plants, low water plants and fruit trees. Her favorite genre of books is mystery and fiction. When she first arrived to California she worked as a librarian for 14 years eventually becoming a teacher in California and Boston. She said she carries a book in which she can sketch any ideas that pop up so that she can get back to them later.
Helen Cox’s exhibit at the art gallery displays different pieces of carousels and animals that go with the carousels. Her art work was all different sizes from being large to small and being colorful to black and white. There was one piece in there that caught my eye which was the wooden sculpture she did of a horse on a carousel. Most of the faces on the horses had scared or frightened looks like something is chasing them. 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. Overall, all her pieces had a common theme of a carousel.
Helen told us that the world goes in circles, that is how she brings the carousels into her art.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.
Well like always I always go to the first Gallery that opens up first, only because it shows me that the artist is dedicated to show their work. first off I was amazed by the huge paintings. As i got closer I was even more amazed by the little details in the paintings themselves. It was beautiful. As a kid I was so into carousels because they were one of the few rides I would get on whenever I went to amusement parks because I was too scared of roller coasters. Helen seems to put a ton of effort to her work and i applaud her for that. Her work kept me entertained.