Wk10 – Artist Conversation – Helen Werner Cox

Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov West

Website: www.HelenWernerCox.com

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Helen Werner Cox is close to obtaining her MFA in Drawing and Painting Figurative. Cox is from Ithaca, New York. Before going back to school to obtain her MFA, she was a teacher for 30 years. For 17 years she lived in Boston teaching high school. She then moved to California where she began to teach middle school. After that she then transitioned to being a librarian, which she called a blast. Her interests include gardening, where she said her house is landscaped with California native plants from the front to the back.

In this exhibit, there were all horse inspired pieces. Most of them were papers attached on the wall and some were framed. The first piece I will be analyzing is of the two horses on the carousel. It was an oil pastel with great detail. The ridges on the horses and the texture of the wooden beams were of great detail. Second piece I looked at was the piece of the marry go round. This piece was my favorite because of the feelings and stylistic choices brought out. This piece similarly was an oil pastel, and the movements are represented with circular rounded lines. The last group of pieces I will be analyzing are the ones in the frames. These were simple in design and black and white. The lines were smooth and simple frames complemented it. Aesthetically I found every single piece enjoyable.

This exhibit was enjoyable because of the presence Cox brought to the conversation. She was approachable and was talking about her life experiences. After talking to Cox, it was implied how she enjoyed what she did for a living from teaching to being a librarian. Two Winter Breaks ago, she decided to start writing down her ideas for art pieces. She was inspired by the Santa Monica carousel but found her favorite carousel would be at Griffith Park. On the Griffith Park carousel, the operator allowed her to sit there for four hours to sketch, getting the inspiration for the page with rounded curves showing motion. Personally, I found this amazing because I live less than 5 minutes away from the Griffith Park carousel and would actually pass by it on my way to high school every single day. She found this inspiring and relaxing as she can express herself.

By far, this exhibit was my favorite. It brought up feelings of nostalgia and excitement. With Cox mentioning the Griffith Park merry go round, it reminded me of my childhood when my parents would bring me there, it also reminded me of driving through Griffith Park after school everyday to go home. What I found most exciting about the exhibit was not the pieces itself, but the background music playing.


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