Artist: Helen Werner Cox
Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: Oil paint, pastels, prints
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery West
Helen Werner Cox is a graduate student at Cal State Long Beach. She is currently in her final semester and is in the MFA drawing and painting program. Helen has prior teaching experience as she was an arts teacher and librarian at a high school and middle school in Boston, Massachusetts . At the age of eighteen, Helen attended BU of fine arts in Boston. Although she has many relations to Boston, Helen actually grew up New York, just outdie of Ithaca. Helen grew rather tired off the cold and rain in Massachusetts, which is why she made the move to California. With such beautiful California weather, Helen now enjoys to garden and reading both fiction and mystery novels .
Helen’s work consists of oil paint, pastels, and prints. The line work in Helen’s pieces are so crisp and bold. The lines in the drawing are sharply curved and are done with pastels on top of paint which she found to make the process faster. Using only pastel makes the process much longer. To create the lines that are found in the carousel horses, Helen uses shading in different locations along with an array of warm,dark, cool, and light colors.
The inspiration behind Helen’s pieces come from the antique carousels of the early 1920’s. Easily notable, the horses in Helen’s pieces have gaping mouths as to demonstrate screaming. She makes a connection from the screaming horses with the adults in todays society which she believes seem as if they are on a constant merry go round in life.
I found Helen’s pieces to be very bold and eye catching. The amount of time put into her pieces is shown through her beautiful detailed work. I think the meaning behind her work is a connection we can all make. We all go through the same routine day in and day out with either work, school, etc. Perhaps the meaning behind her work is to break the everyday routine and have some fun in life.