Week 10/ Artist Conversation/ Helen Cox

Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: Oil pastel, ink prints

Gallery: Gatov West

Website: http://www.helenwernercox.com

Helen Cox is a fellow east coaster and retired teacher who made her way to pursue her true passion, art. She returned to school and is now studying and will be graduating this semester with an MFA. Helen’s work is mainly of antique carousel horses, and this exhibit was based off of her inspiration to compare everyday society and carousel horses.

Helen’s main love for carousel horses came from her spot in Griffith Park. She used to go there to sketch the carousels. Being there made her realize the similarities they had to society; in the fact that they just go around continuously. Helen’s pieces are done on a larger scale, and with strong bold lines. In different pieces she likes to work with different types of lighting. She tries to incorporate the movement of the horses in her pieces as well.

I though the exhibit was rather beautiful. I really enjoyed many of the paintings and thought they were rather gorgeous. They sent a powerful vibe towards me, which made me feel a lot more connected to the work. I can see where Cox incorporated her movements, and how she tied in society with the carousels. I give Helen’s exhibit a big bravo!

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