Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Helen Cox

Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Gallery: Gatov East

Media: Oil, Pastel

Website: HelenWernerCox.com

Instagram: Artist has no Instagram

Helen is graduate student here at California State University Long Beach working on her last semester. She will finish with her MFA in drawing and painting. Helen grew up in New York, and when she turned eighteen years old, she moved to Boston Massachusetts where she went to school. After school she ended up teaching for thirteen years, then moved to California because she said, “I was tired of the snow and rain.” After moving to California, she taught middle school for three years as an art teacher, then became a school librarian in North Hollywood. During her free time, she enjoys reading and gardening.

Helen cox’s artwork is very interesting. Most of her work includes long strokes from either the oil paints or the pastels. In some of her pieces, these long strokes are used to simulate movement and almost a chaotic scene, while in others, it is used to show texture on the carrousel horses.

About a year ago during that winter break, Helen said he started to keep a sketch book of what she wanted to express. She picked the theme of a merry-go-round with adults spinning in circles because she felt as if it represented how society is always spinning in circles. She also went to Griffith Park and sketched on the merry-go-round there for four hours straight.

The Silent Screams exhibition for me was very compelling for me. At first, I really enjoyed the art for its physically appearance. When I first walked it, I didn’t even think about the message behind the art because I was so mesmerized by its beauty. Later when I learned about the process which was taken to make the artwork and the message behind it, my mind was blown. I can definitely relate with the message behind the art because the reality is, some people are just spinning in circles and never changing. This is one of my biggest motivations, to never get sucked into this never ending loop and to be always improving and bettering myself.


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