WK 10- Artist Conversation- Helen Werner Cox

Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: Oil, Pastel, Maker, Inks, Crayons, MonoPrints, Basswood Carving

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery West

Website: http://www.HelenWernerCox.com

Instagram: No Instagram

Helen Werner Cox was a delight to speak with for this weeks artist conversation. She is a student of the CSULB Fine Arts Program of Drawing and Painting where she is currently working towards a Masters Degree. Cox left her home in Ithaca, New York at age 18 to study fine arts in Massachusetts. For 30 years she taught high school and middle school art. Teaching led her to going for a masters where she spent 13 years in Boston before having enough snow and rain. She landed a middle school teaching job upon coming to California where she spent 17 years doing so, then another 13 years as a librarian in North Long Beach. She carries a notebook with her wherever she goes in case an idea crosses her mind, she can quickly jot down or sketch her idea for later referencing. Next to drawing and painting Cox enjoys gardening and fictional books

When asked how Cox would describe the lines in her paintings she said “structure and energy”. In ‘The a Blue Mule’, Cox uses cooler, darker colors in the foreground, and the warmer colors are used to paint the animals coming forward. The differentiation of warm and cool colors evokes the feeling of warm lighting, and gives dimension to the painting. Her painting ‘Silent Screams’ shares more warm colors, and her strokes in the foreground create movement and energy.

Cox exhibit was centered around the visual depiction of carousel horses, but the fun loved image held a deeper context. The horses’ expressions in Cox paintings were fearful, and the emotions felt dark. Cox message was to illustrate how society is stuck on a track, going in circles, spiraling out of control. Cox shared that many who are a fan of carousels do not like her art because they feel the work is altering the image of horse carousels from fun to dark.

Of all the artists, Cox has been my favorite conversation. She was such a fri fly conversation and I absolutely enjoyed every piece in her exhibit. I have a personal connection with carousels as my grandmother adores them, so we had carousel horses all over our home. I enjoy metaphors that reflect images of societal behavior because typically, as humans, we don’t recognize when we are stuck in a loop or when we repeat habits; and art is a powerful motivator to get people to reflect or react. There’s something about art that captures us and evokes mindfulness.


Wk 11- Art Experience- Instagram

I use my Instagram everyday, and tend to check my feed every 30 minutes. I don’t even have a Facebook app anymore (it got too political for me). Most of my Instagram one is of my pets, mostly dogs, and a little bit of myself. I noticed under the #art110s16 that many others also shred photos of their pets. It’s not surprising, because people obsess over puppies and cat videos. It gets the most likes. A majority of the pages I follow are of dogs. To name a few “AllThingHusky”, “DoxieObsessed”…. And I even have dogs with their own pages, “ShaggyNoBallz” (a close friend), “Corgnelius”, “Leonardo_Di_Corgio”, “Crusoe_dachshund”… Look up the #Brawtney, that’s my dachshund(;

Wk9- Artist Conversations- Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Exhibition: All Work All Play

Media: Metals- copper, silver

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: None

Instagram: None

Sean is a fifth year in the CSULB Fine Arts Metals Program. She graduates this year. She’s originally from Los Angeles, but has resided in Ling Beach since attending CSULB. She enjoys cooking and eating what she cooks. She is the youngest (23 years old) of two older brothers (31 and 28 years old). When she first came to CSULB she had stated herself a creative writing major in poetry, but got into studio art. From there she branched into handling metals.

Sean’s exhibit is designed around using coppers and silvers. The pieces are smooth to the touch because they’re designed to wear as jewelry. Sean demonstrated how her pieces can be worn by wearing a necklace she designed. The pieces are simple, and I found some pieces sexual in nature.

Sean has a preference over using silver because it’s a precious metal and it’s easier to shape. Her art has no directed goal, but she enjoys making art she doesn’t like. She likes experimental art, but her art is also inspired by her current emotions.

I liked Sean’s art and how she aims for experimental art, versus a designed purpose. I feel the experience is different when you observe experimental art because that art is driven by emotions versus a vision.


Hey I’m Charlay (pronounced chaaaahhr-lay). You may have seen my face before. I’m that dog that’s been banned at just about every park. Don’t see the resemblance? Let me help you out…


How about now?…

Humans think they’re so cool with their opposable thumbs. They think they’re so fancy, but what a lot of humans and most dogs know is that if you spread your paw pads enough you can grip just about anything- Like a bottle of rum. I got into bartending when I turned 2 years old- 21 in dog years. My speciality drink are Scooby Snacks. Anyway, I figured humans love dogs and after a crumby day at the office they want a dog or a beer next to them. So I give them both, but I only let the pretty ladies pet me. Yeah I hear a lot of sappy stories about people’s lives spiraling out of control…

Like this one guy Fawkes. (You should check out his page https://dcarusblog.wordpress.com/ ). I don’t think this guy owns any nice clothes. He walks into the bar with holy clothes. Apparently he’s from “earth” before Moonbase Alpha became a community. He thinks he’s sooooo cool and tough until he gets caught sipping on green apple martinis and One Direction comes on the speakers.
And Creepsteevo is a regular at my bar. He’s an alcoholic. He builds a fat tab nearly every night buying himself and ladies drinks. He’s kind of a creep, but I feel for the bum. https://art110shanmc.wordpress.com/

Then there’s Vedusa… She’s a babe, but uhhhh she has these supernatural powers so she kind of makes me uncomfortable. She has these pet snakes and I told her no pets allowed, but she gave me this death stare like she’d break out some mixed martial arts on me and then feed me to her snakes. I’m not a big dog. I’m more of a lap dog. https://ramirezelorzaartwordpresscom.wordpress.com/2016/03/15/vedusa/

WK 8- Artist Conversations- Bri Joy

Artist: Bri Joy

Exhibition: Merge

Media: BFK printmaking paper, light sensitive emulsion stencils, water based ink screen

Gallery: CSULB School of Arts, Gatov Gallery East

Website: none

Instagram: @bri.joy

Artist Bri Joy comes from a small town nuzzled on the western slope of Santa Ana Mountains called Modjeska Canyon. The Orange County community is home to a few several hundred, so Bri graduated with the same kids se started kindergarten with. She attended Orange High School of Arts. While attending Saint Bathos College,  Bri visited Long Beach and fell in love with the LBC people. She transferred to CSULB and has been apart of the Print Making Working Program for three years. From meeting Bri first impression you would believe she was a born and raised Long Beach local. Her favorite hobbies are surfing, skateboarding, yoga, snowboarding, and she’s a artist; the Long Beach package!

Bri uses is an archival print making paper called BFK. She purchased a 10 yard roll of the paper for this exhibit so she can cut and match the size of preference because she likes large scale art. The images in her art are black and white, but what stands out the most are the dashed lines in the foreground of the main image being portrayed. I overheard a fellow observer describe the work as “digitized”. Bri’s shift in sharp lines to more jagged lines was to symbolize the shift in her life. Surprisingly this was the first time Bri worked in all black and white as well, and her reason was because she believes color evokes emotions while black and white is less distracting from the meaning.

I enjoy the meaning Bri is portraying through her work. I especially like the abrupt digitized lines that Bri uses as they are different from the ideal smooth work most artist attain.  I would like to enjoy her work in color that she says she normally works with. I admire her journey from a small town to Long Beach- I think it’s awesome how someone can find a home away from home in a place she describes as having different people.


Wk 7- Artist Conversation- Andrea Williams

Artist: Andrea Williams

Exhibition: Sacrifice

Media: Ceramics, Raw Clay, Cement, Mason Strain

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: http://mrsdubbayoo.weebly.com/

Instagram: @AndreaWilliammms

Andrea Williams is a undergraduate in the CSULB  School of Arts Ceramics Program. It wasn’t until Williams 20s that she developed an interest in painting, however she was raised in an artistic home. Art and music have always been in Williams family circle; Williams was once a drummer for a band. Williams developed into handling ceramics with the encouragement of her husband, and when she is not creating, she loves being a mother to her baby and her house of pets. Motherhood has given Williams a great source of inspiration and influence as reflected in her creations.

Williams creations are hand crafted with cement and ceramics on large scales. The pieces are not smoothly crafted, but Williams paints over the molds with orangish-red and white paints. The pieces look like paintings one would see on stone walls of a Church or a Mission from the use of texture.

Her symbolism for sacrifice uses religious context, referring to the Lords Son  Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins. The symbolism of a woman spread on a cross is referring to the sacrifices that women and mothers give for their children, spouses,  family, and friends. Sacrifices like bearing children, both physically and mentally alter the female body. The distortions of imperfect molds further symbolize how the female body changes.

To some it may be offensive, however I view Williams use of biblical reference inspiring and empowering as she takes a powerful global image and recreates it in a relatable social problem. She speaks not to disrespect the Lords Son, but to gain public eye of woman sacrifice.