Week 10- Artist Conversation- Helen Werner Cox

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Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: Oil Paint, Pastel, Wood Carving, Prints, Water based materials

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: www.helenwernercox.com

Instagram: No Instagram

About the Artist

This week I met Helen Werner Cox. Helen was born and raised from Ithaca in New York.  Helen is currently a graduate student at California State University Long Beach and is in the MFA drawing and painting figurative.  On her free time, Helen loves gardening, and solving puzzles. She’s not really a fan of watching TV so she reads a lot on her spare time such as fiction and mystery books and she is currently addicted to dots the game because it helps her relieve the stress that’s going on in her life at the moment. An interesting fact about Helen is that she taught at a high school in Boston.  Helen later moved and worked with middle schooler’s in Long Beach.

Formal Analysis

Helen’s art work ranges from light colors to dark colors.  The horses facial expressions look very odd. Some horses seem to be enjoying galloping around the horses and then other pieces the horses look kinda creepy with a strange face like they’re expressing a feel like they’re being tortured. There’s one horse that is staring at you like he/she is looking straight through your soul. Kinda creepy… She created these horses very detailed which gives them the realistic look and feel.

Content Analysis

She’s taking her art in a different direction because from the carousel to herds of horses. She enjoys going to county fairs to draw the horses from the Rodeos and the horse carousels to expand her drawings of horses. Chose horses because other animals become very cutisy while horses look powerful. She doesn’t really know anything about horses because she was never into horses when she was younger. Chaos was the idea in Helen’s art work.  The carousel is used to represent how society makes mistakes over and over again. She feels that society isn’t going anywhere.

Synthesis / My Experience

Overall, I really liked Helen’s work. The horses were very detailed which gave it that powerful image that she was striving for. I would recommend other to go view here work, you won’t be disappointed.

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