Week 10 – Artist Conversation – Helen Werner Cox

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Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: Oil Paint, Wood Carvings, Water Based Materials, Pastel Prints, Crayons, Markers

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: www.helenwernercox.com

Instagram: None

For this week artist conversation, I choose Helen Werner Cox. Helen will be graduating this semester with a MFA in drawing and painting here at Cal State Long beach. She was raised in Ithaca, New York, and then she moved to Massachusetts where she study in the area of fine arts. She taught middle and high schoolers for about thirty years, before she went back into college where she earned her master degree. She lived in Boston as long as thirteen years until she decide to move to California because of the endless downpour of rain and snow. Helen told us that it wasn’t a pleasent experience at all. We all laughed about it. After working in the area of middle school, she left that to become a librarian for thirteen years up at North Long Beach. Her hobbies include playing the dots game, drawing/painting, gardening and reading fiction/mystery books.

One of the photos with the horses in a dark enviroment is called, “Breakout or Outbreak-Which Will It Be?”. She created this art because as she was sitting in a carousel the horses were spinning in circles and moving up and down motion that gave her the idea to do this. The tools she used in this artwork was oil and pastel, it took her awhile because the artwork was too big, but in the end it came out really nicely. With the dark blue background, she make the horses in the painting stand out a lot more that caught my attention when I first looked at it. Overall she told us to be very careful when using pastels because if we touch, or bump into any of the pieces, it will smear. I notice that all horses were running like the wind and that gave a good impression that these horses were majestic and show their strong will.

The main point she wants to get out of this is that the world is always in a never ending cycle motion. The fact that the horse she shows always goes in circle leads to the idea that society is making the same mistake over and over again and that there’s no way for them to go backward and redo their mistakes. The horses in the carousel represents human beings being trapped inside a never ending cycle of pain that they will go through in society.

Now with the experience of the gallery and understanding Cox’s point of view it really hit my mind with so much reality fact. It’s true that human beings are bounded to make mistakes because no on is perfect but sometime there are moments where a human being would keep on doing the same mistakes and never leaving his/her cycle and kept riding again to the source of the mistake. This speaks out to me because I know I have a mentality to always be friend with anyone even if they hurted me so much in the past. With this, it show that I’m still cycling in circle as long as I keep talking to the person that hurted me in life and ignoring my close friends who told me to avoid that person no matter what.


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