Artist: Helen Warner Cox
Exhibition: Silent screams
Media: Oil paintings, pastels, monoprints, water based crayons
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Helen Warner Cox is in currently in graduate school for her Master of Fine Arts degree at CSULB. She is originally from Ithaca, New York until she was 18. Growing up into little country girl, she was never interested in horses. Her work explores the world making the same mistakes over and over again and she uses horses to represent that because it’s the promenade figure in a carousel. She wants to expand her ideas even further once the fair starts. She wants to go there and just draw to get more ideas. In her free time, Helen enjoys gardening and reading. However recently, since she had been under a lot of stress she has gotten addicted to the app Dots.
When I first looked at all Helen’s art work, I could really imagine myself on a carousel, surrounded by many painting and drawings of horses, and listening to the music that is played when you are on one. A lot of her work was very colorful and had the same idea of a carousel. Her pictures had different angles of the horses, where it captures of fear and scared look in all their eyes. The one that captured my attention was the one shown above where Helen used oil and pastels to create a powerful image. It has a lot of movement and it’s so detailed and it looks like the horses are trying to run away from something, or they are confused.
A lot of her work has the same theme of horses and a carousel because it symbolized society being trapped in an ongoing circle. She studied some of Joseph Campbell’s work, and he says that a healthy life is going into a circle, but you learn things along the way and that when you rise within the circle. Helen believes that society is not going anywhere, and she channels her anxiety, fear, and frustration into her art work. In the piece above, it’s not only one of her favorites, but it also was one of the first large paintings she has ever done. She believes it captures her energy and passion all in one.
I think after hearing her talk about her ideas and her exhibit, I thought it was very interesting. I’ve never thought about he world or society being in an ongoing circle, where people are making the same mistakes over and over. It made me really realize that people have different perspectives on the world that I never would have imagined.