Artist: Helen Werner Cox
Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: Oil and Pastel
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
The artist I got the chance of getting to know this week was Helen Werner Cox! Cox is a graduate student and originally from New York. She went to Boston University for Fine Arts. After graduating she taught for 30 years. First she taught art at a high school in Boston for the first 13 years and then she taught at a middle school for 17 years in California. She decided to move because she was tired of the cold weather. After teaching, she became a librarian and really enjoyed her job. Along with art, Cox enjoys gardening and reading books. Her favorite books to read are fictional and mysterious.
Cox’s work mostly deals with carousle paintings and drawings. In some of her work, there are just of animals like horses which you would also see on a carousel. Her work varies and some are bigger than others. Some have color and others are just black and white. Her work is very descriptive with amazing detail that makes the horses look so real. You can tell that she uses different materials to draw the horses and carousels out. For instance, in some of her work she used oil and pastels while in some you can tell that she uses other things besides oil and pastels like water based materials.
In most of her work, Cox explains that the carousels and animals can relate to society in a way. She describes that the animals are breaking free on the carousel. That can relate to society because it symbolizes people breaking away from reputation. The reputation is the animals going around and round the carousel and finally they break free and live their life the way they want. The animals look like they are out of control because they do not know what to do. This is the first time that they are doing something out of the ordinary which can also relate back to people.
I find Cox’s work quite interesting! I loved the colors that she used and how descriptive her work turned out. She really shows the facial expressions on the animals which gives the art feelings and emotions. I also liked the meaning behind her work as well. Looking at her work gave me a feeling of hope and I hoped that the animals would be okay. Now that I know that the animals represent people, I hope that people would be okay in the society as well.