Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: Oil, Pastel, Marker, Inks, Canyon, MonoPrints, BassWood Carving
Gallery: CSULB, Gatov-Gallery West
Helen Werner Cox is a graduate student with an MFA in drawing and painting at CSULB. She taught high school and middle school art before returning to school for her masters. Before moving to California she lived in Boston, but after 13 years she got tired of the weather and moved to sunny side California.
All of Cox’s work is different, but share a same common theme, Griffith Park and carousels. In most of her artwork she uses multiple strokes, especially circular motions to create the bodies of horses. In addition, she uses mono prints to create textures and pattern in her artwork.
Since Cox is inspired by horses and carousels, she seeks a deeper image within her paintings. The carousels resemble everyday people and the endless cycle of life. This includes moving forward in the same motion as carousels and making mistakes, but moving on.
Cox’s artwork is very intricate and I enjoyed it very much. Her message speaks to me as I relate a carousel to my own life. It makes me think back to past relationships and friendships, the fast abrupt changes and how moving forward was the only option to growing up and moving on.