Week 10 – Artist Conversation – Helen Werner Cox

Artist: Helen Werner Cox
Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: Painting
Gallery: Gatov-West
Website: www.helenwernercox.com/
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A graduate of Boston University’s School of Fine Arts, Helen Werner Cox is an extremely talented painter. Born in central New York, Cox now teaches art to those who do not have easy access to it. She focuses on painting multicultural art.

Her art show, Silent Screams, is a collection of paintings of horses and carousel animals. She uses many colors in some works and also paints in black and white in others. The horses are indicated to be carousel horses because of the poles that stick through the middle of their backs, as they do on carousel machines. Her paintings utilize nice even strokes and shades of color.

According to Cox, she wanted to paint these carousel images because she wanted to focus on the idea of this cycle of life. For example we make the same mistakes over and over again, just as a carousel spins round and round. She actually sat on a carousel ride up in Santa Monica for 4 hours sketching out the carousel image of the horses riding round on the ride. She also painted the ceiling of the Griffith Park Observatory in one of her paintings. Underneath the ceiling was the carousel of horses.

I really liked her paintings because they were simple and not abstract. Abstract art is cool but it has no anchor too the tangible world that we live in. The universe created by abstract art only exists in the mind of the artist. It was interesting that she rode the carousel for 4 hours to sketch her drawings! I think the concept of carousels and the cycle of life is a good symbolic message that people can absorb.

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