WK10 – Artist conversations- Helen Werner Cox


Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: Oil paint, pastel, Water-based materials: crayons and color pencils

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: www.helenwernercox.com

Instagram: no Instagram

For this week’s artist conversation, I talked to Helen Werner Cox. Cox is attendimg here California State University Long Beach. On her free time she enjoys reading, gardening and making puzzles. When it comes to her art, her art represents how society is trapped in a carousel. She compares society to a carousel that goes in circles making mistakes and going nowhere.

The formal qualities of her works are very different depending on the piece. In most of her art depicting the carousels she uses bright purples and yellow with greens, yellows, purples, and all shades of browns. She uses different shapes and lines to create her horses and the detail within her paintings. She also uses lines to create details in the horses hairs and uses lines to show the movement of the horse carousel. I find this the most interesting because by using curved lines to show that the horses are moving around in circles.

Cox is trying to compare society to a carousel and is saying that no matter what the society is stuck in a circle.In her art she makes it seen that although in life we move higher, being a carousel means that no matter how much you move you are still at the same level. She chose to use a horse because they are seen as powerful, beauty, and strong. She also said that she chose a horse because carousels are mostly made up of horses.

Cox’s artwork varies from piece to piece but each work has so much detail and has a overall meaning. Her art is filled with lines and movement that shows how society is like a carousel. Some art has a more serious look by not using much color, but other pieces have so much color in it that it makes you imagine being next to a carousel.  Overall I enjoyed her meaning behind her work and I felt that she is able to portray her meaning through whatever media she chooses.


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