Artist:Helen Werner Cox
Media:pastels, oil paint, prints
Gallery:CSULB School Of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
Helen is working in the drawing and painting program in the figurative tract program. This show was part of completing her MFA.She used to be a teacher in Boston for high school and middle school before she went back to school for art.She moved to California because she was sick of the cold and snow.
This exhibit was inspired by carousels and how they relate to our society. I like how all the colors in her work blend together and is very continuous, much like a carousel. Line work is the base for shading and bright pastels highlight the main features of the paintings.
Helen liked carousels and wanted to make this painting as a metaphor for adults and how they continue to make the same mistakes over again while doing nothing to fix it.Instead of adults she used horses because they were once necessary in our society, but are no longer really useful except as pets. I thought her thought process was very interesting and wasn’t as out there as some of the other artists we talked to.
Personally I found how the way this exhibit related to carousels was really intriguing. On the show Grey’s Anatomy the phrase “the carousel never stops turning” is used as a metaphor for adulthood and that’s always intrigued me. It was really interesting to see how this same concept carried over into Helen’s art.