Artist: Helen Werner Cox
Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: ink, wood, screen, marker, paint, paper, etc.
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery West
Helen Werner Cox is a third year graduate student at CSULB. She is currently in the MFA Drawing and Painting Figurative program. Helen is originally from Trumansburg, NY where she taught high school in Boston for 13 years before moving to Southern California. Cox’s hobbies include gardening, reading and sketching. In her garden she grows native plants and fruit trees. She also carries around her sketch book to quickly sketch out any new ideas she has.
The Silent Screams exhibit focus manly on carousels and horses. All the different pieces had different styles and colors. Some were colorful, theres where black and white and others had a sepia scheme. The pieces where very large and took up most of the wall from the floor to the ceiling. They were all similar but unique in their own way.
Cox says that her work portrays her own life experiences and society in whole. The theme of Silent Screams is chaos. The merry-go-rounds represent the monotony in life that keeps on going around and round. Anger is shown on the horses faces to represent the frustration felt by this monotony with no real progress. This issue makes Cox angry and feel a sense of anxiety.
I got the same sense of the theme of the exhibit before talking to Helen. I notices the merry-go-rounds and the expression on the horses face and I understood that they wanted to just break out of the monotony. I think the works where pretty deep, moody and depressing. It wasn’t a joy for me to look at but it made me think. The work’s themselves where very well done and you could tell Ms. Cox has a talent for what she does.