Artist: Helen Werner Cox
Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: Oil, Pastel, Maker, Ink, Crayon, MonoPrint, Basswood Carving
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery West
Helen is currently a student of the Fine Arts program at CSULB and is working to get her Masters Degree. She began studying Fine Arts in Massachusetts at the age of 18 right after high school. Helen is originally from Ithaca, New York. She worked as a teacher here in California for 17 years, and 13 years as a Librarian in Long Beach. On top of her work, on her free time, she likes to garden and read fictional books.
Helen described her work to have structure and energy. The mixes of colors she uses definitely gives her work depth and energy. For example the colors in her painting “Silent Screams”, demonstrates warmth, movement and energy.
Helen’s gallery was focused on horses. All of her paintings and sketches were of carousel horses. After looking at her paintings I felt a sense of sadness, chaos, and even fear. These images are the complete opposite to the colorful and musical carousel horses everyone is used to.
Having a conversation with Helen was definitely one of the most inspirational. One of the many things I admire of her is the fact that she is adventurous, like myself. Personally I’ve never been a fan of carousels, so seeing these images trigger different emotions.