Wk10 – Artist Conversation – Helen Werner Cox


 Artist: Helen Warner Cox

Exhibition: Silent screams

Media: Oil paints, pastels, monoprints, crayons

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: N/A

Instagram: N/A

This week I met artist Helen Warner Cox. She is currently in graduate school for her Master of Fine Arts degree at CSULB. Helen explained to me that growing up in the country and becoming a country girl she had very little interest in horses, yet he art work for this exhibition uses carousel horses as a reoccurring idea. She used to live in Ithaca New York until she was 18 and then moved to explore a more vibrant lifestyle. Helen wants to explore more to have more ideas for her artwork and have a more vast art style. During her free time Helen enjoys reading and gardening mostly, yet lately she got into a game called Dots and has formed an addiction to the app.

When looking at Helen’s art work she uses a lot of vibrant colors mixed with earth tones to create an eerie yet fun look. Her paintings contain different angles of the horses on the carousel to capture the different aspects of life that we go through. She uses oil paints, pastels, and water based crayons to crate her beautiful paintings. Most of Helen’s work has a lot of rhythm and movement to it, it’s not so jagged but more smooth. the colors blend to bring a sense of calmness yet the look in the horses eyes say other wise. The powerful details of the faces of the horse and carousel show that she put much time and effort into each painting. Her work is also sinuous and not so much staccato. the curves of the carousel and horses give it life-like details that catch the viewers eye.

Helen described how her work revolves around one single theme: repetition. The repetitiveness of life and mistakes the ensue everyday unless you make a change. The horses she draws and the looks that she gives them depict how life can be unpredictable and scary at the same time.  She explained how’re carousel symbolizes society and the horses represent individuals within going in a circular motion consistently, with out ever slowing down or stopping. It represents society never slowing down and always changing without having the individual enjoy life or the changes that Come with it. The consistent motion and the fear on the horses face depict how humans, if we don’t move with society and keep up with it, we have fear of being left behind and being on the outside. 

Helen’s work gave me the idea of and individual looking inside the box from outside. Staring into society and it’s never ending change. In my opinion I agree with everything that Helen said about her work and how the individual is afraid to not change, that if we do not change with society or continue the repeatitive motion then we are castes outside. We live in constant fear of not being with society or being in the in-crowd. 


Wk 10 – Art Experience – Instagram 




 What I noticed about the activity was that most students are out exploring everyday or trying something new. They are also either at work or hanging out with their friends. It’s cool to see everyone interacting with others and sharing their memories on Instagram. Looking through all the posted photos it seems to me that we are one big community going about our daily lives with those inside the class and those outside of it. What I noticed the most was everyone enjoyed doing something, trying something, or going somewhere to make their day a little more fun and interesting. This art experience expanded my view on what people do daily besides just the normal “go to school, then go to work, and then go home”. It allows everyone to show what they do daily, posting the pictures offer not only advice on what to do, but gives new ideas on things to try, places to go, and new people to meet. Viewing the photos for this week’s project was pretty cool to see what other people do daily, the most common idea that is saw was people enjoyed hanging out with their friends or family and going out and adventuring, which is pretty cool. I got to explore, go to work, and hang out with my friends. A lot of other people in my class did too. 🙂 

Wk10 – Classmate Conversation – Andrew Andrade

This week I had the pleasure of meeting Andrew Andrade. Andrew is a second year at Cal State Long Beach, and is currently a political science major. Once he graduates he aspires to going to law school to study civil and criminal law. Andrew is from along Beach City and commutes to school, he used to attend Millikan High School. Throughout high school he played almost every sport but mainly focused on wrestling. During his free time Andrew likes to travel to new places, hangout with his girlfriend and friends, and watch movies or documentaries. Andrew lives a relaxed lifestyle but he told me he wants to get back into the athletic lifestyle he used to have. Andrew has a Bichon Frise named Charlie who is 11 to 12 years old and is the love of his life. When I asked Andrew why he was taking Art 110 he said to fill a GE requirement, and because he’s never taken an art class besides photography in high school. He also thinks the Art 110 class is different, and has a different approach to understanding art and the creativity that comes with it. If you get the chance you should interview Andrew, he’s a great guy to meet! 🙂

Wk9 – Artist Conversation – Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig 

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Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Exhibition: All Work All Play

Media: Copper, Bronze, wax, fishing line, spray paint, sterling silver, enamel, silver plated chain

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

Website: n/a

Instagram: n/a

This week I met with Sean Joy Rosario Canabig, Sean is from Los Angeles and is completing her last semester in BFA Metal Working. Her first year At Cal State Long Beach she declared herself a creative writing major for poetry but found a new love in metal work. During her free time Sean enjoys playing video games, spending time with her boyfriend, going out to eat, and experimenting with food dishes also.

Most of Sean’s work included copper and silver mixed together beautifully to create her art work. When i asked her how long most of her work took she said some were done quickly, such as in a day, but others too much longer, either a week or month. She explained that her metals were melted at 1500 degrees to create the look of paint blended together to form beautiful images such as a heart and flowers. The texture of her work is soft and smooth, the metals blending together perfectly, creating swirls of black, blue, white, grey, bronze and silver colors. Sean’s art work is undulating and sinuous, with soft curves for the jewelry and dishes.

Sean explained why she chose metal work and it was for her to experiment with art and her life. She explained that she was able to have fun in her work because she was exploring herself and her feelings in that moment and transferred it to her art. Sean explained how her exhibit name depicts how we should all take life, slow and full hearted. She said that as humans we have tendencies to rush things and get upset when things aren’t perfect but we should take a moment and step back from things and look at life and how wonderful it is. We should learn to be more patient and calm. Sean said she beats herself up hard when her art work didn’t turn out how she wanted and that she pushes herself harder so her art work can have more meaning and be more beautiful. She said her artwork is a reflection of her feelings towards life and the people in it.

Sean’s artwork is aesthetically pleasing. My favorite piece is the white heart on bluefish black metal. also the white flowers on the dishes are beautiful. The way she blends the metals to create designs and shape them into jewelry and dishes is so cool! In my opinion metal work is different than the typical art form, its creative and personal. You can create jewelry, dishes, and any other object you chose. Sean’s art work was calm and simple yet out spoken and different, it is something that i would wear and put in my house as accessories.

Wk9 – Classmate Conversation- Gina Householder

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Gina Householder. Gina is a second year at Cal State Long Beach studying Pre Film. She wants to be in non-fiction production, documentaries, and then move into narratives as job. When I asked her why she is taking Art 110 she said that she likes art and being creative and it was to fulfill a pre-requisite for film. I also asked her why she decided to go to CSULB and she told me her family went there and she knew the school really well already. Her favorite class at CSULB is history of broadcasting because you are learning about all tv shows from all times. Gina has one younger sister who is fifteen, she also has three dogs: two French Bulldogs and a German Shepard. She also has a Gecko. Her hobbies include going to the beach, Disney, volunteering and reading. Her favorite music are all kinds, but particularly alternative. She likes some country but doesn’t really listen to it. Her favorite show is Sherlock on BBC, her favorite color is yellow, and her favorite food is pizza. I Hope you guys get the chance to meet Gina just as I did!


 Moonbase Alpha is what I call home. The year is 2046 and I’m looking for new things to do in my daily life. My name is Moggie and I am a food critic for my friend Eugene Fitzherbert’s restaurant. If you visit his restaurant I recommend the alien linguine, but not the star soup. I love all kinds of food from space pizza, to moon rock ice cream! besides my job I also assist my friend Adam McConnelly is his wacky science experiments! I’d watch out for Adam and his science experiments they can get you into a lot of trouble and can be too crazy at times!  Although I love my home, I want to explore new places and spice up my everyday life. I’d really love to go visit my friend lulu who moved to Boston recently, she makes the best carrot cake BTW! I asked her why she move and she said she wanted to be fully human instead of half and half. I hope that they can turn me fully human as well, half dog/half human isn’t working very well for me. well moon base alpha, you are the best. 🙂

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Wk8 – Art Experience – Automatic Drawing 



( please excuse my messy living room) What I’ve learned this experience is that art is open to many forms of interpretation. To me my drawing looked like clusters of flowers, some bloomed and some slowly blooming. The drawing reminded me of Rorschach inkblot test because you can see multiple images in just a splatter of paint or in this case a bunch of connected lines. It was different having to meditate and draw with out being 100% into it. Your mind wandering into space as you draw freely with out thinking of what to draw or how it should look. At first it was difficult to draw with my mom because we couldn’t stop laughing because we felt weird drawing with our eyes closed in a dim room, but over time we got more relaxed and the process became a lot easier. In the end my drawing reminds me of abstract art with all the shapes, patterns, and simplistic design. This was definitely one of the art projects that I like the best!