Artist: Helen Werner Cox
Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: Oils, Pastel, Prints
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L Gatov Gallery West
The artist that I got to talk to this week was named Helen Werner Cox. She is a very talented and inspiring artist who does a lot of paintings/prints about carousels. She is a graduate student here at CSULB and she says that it is her last year in the drawing/painting department. Her inspiration for the carousels was that when she went to Griffith Park there was a carousel and they let her sit on it and she just loved them ever since. She loves horses and everything about them and that is what she is trying to explore in her artwork.
The words that I would use to describe her artwork is very detailed and exact. She knew exactly what she wanted to do with her ideas in her head, and executed them very well. A lot of the colors that she uses in her artwork is black for the main thing (horse) and then for the background she used different colors to make it stand out more. She uses pastel and prints for her work so you can really tell in the artwork that those things are used throughout.
In her artwork, she is really trying to explore what she likes and things that she is interested in. In her free time she likes to draw, garden, and read, so that is very expressive in her work. For some reason, when I looked at her work, it reminded me of like a garden in someway so that relates to what she loves to do as well.
I was really interested in Helen’s artwork. She was a really nice and genuine person to talk to and it really seemed like she was passionate in what she was doing and that she loved it very much. I love the idea of painting carousels because it is what she loves and I think that you should paint things that you like or else it is not real to everyone else, and for her, it was real to me. She was very cool and her artwork was very cool to look at!