Artist: Helen Warner Cox
Exhibition: Silent screams
Media: Oil paints, pastels, monoprints, crayons
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
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.
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. 🙂
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! 🙂
Whats up? my name is Megan Stevens but most people call me by Meg or by my last name. I am a psychology major and a first year at CSULB. I love my pug who is mildly overweight and playing water polo for a masters team in Huntington Beach. I also coach high school boys swim and water polo at the frosh-soph and jv level. I am taking ART 110 because i prefer it over dance (let this be known I am the typical stereotype that caucasian people can not dance).