Wk 10-Artist Conversation-Helen Werner Cox

Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: Arches Oil Paper, Oil Paint, Pastel

Gallery: CSULB School of Art. Gatov Gallery West

Website: www.HelenWernerCox.com

Instagram: NA

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This week I was very fortunate to meet the remarkable artist Helen Werner Cox. Her exhibit caught my eye immediately, and I knew I wanted to do this weeks artist conversation with her. Helen is from Ithaca New York, she lived there till she was 18 years old, when she went to Lawson University School of Fine Arts.The East Coast climate was too much for her and she has lived in Long Beach for the past 28 years of her life. She said she has been “holding crayons and pencils since before she can remember”. She was a Middle School Library Media Teacher for many years, but is now back at CSULB as a Graduate Student in the MFA Drawing and Painting program. Additionally, she is very interested in reading and is passionate about gardening, she even has gardens in both her front and back lawn.

Her work has a very strong focus on drawing.  She discussed how all of her work has a very figurative track meaning she likes to focus on people and models. All of her pieces have tons of energy and she borrows techniques from futurists. Some of her work are monochromatic, but some have warm, cool and complimentary colors as well. Most of the lines represent present motion. Helen tried to create energy and structural lines through each piece.Every line is very sinuous and a majority of lines curve. She uses chemically treated paper, and starts with oil paints, then covers with pastels.

Her exhibit is based off of Carousels. The carousels symbolize and are a metaphor for society. As a society we go in circles, and keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Helen worked on this project for a year and 3 months, and filled 2 full sketch books in this time as she traveled and sketched antique carousels all over California.Carousels are something that people have seen their whole life, and that helps embody the metaphor for the circles our society is going in.

Personally, I thought her work was remarkable. I genuinely thought these paintings of carousels belongs in a museum or hung up for everyone to admire, not just in a small exhibit at a University. Our society is known for repeating history and not making progress in some aspects of life. I do believe the carousels symbolize society in a plethora of ways and she executed the emotions of the different horses of the carousel very well. I think the carousel also can relate to my life, as at time I seem to make the same mistakes over and over. Additionally, life can become a routine and everything seems to go in receptive circles. Helen is not only an amazing artist but such a kind hearted beautiful woman and I can not wait to see what the future has in store for her.


Wk 10-Classmate Discussion-Devon Carus

IMG_3047                 This week I had the honor of meeting such an awesome classmate, Devon Carus. I have spoken with him a few times prior this semester but I was happy I got to get to know him on a deeper level. Although he has a set major in Marketing, if money wasn’t an issue he said he would love to pursue music and poetry. I asked him what he had planned for his Spring Break and he said he may drive up to Big Sur with a friend. He also works at Jersey Mikes which will take up some of his Spring Break time as well. When discussing dream Spring Breaks he said he would love to surf in Hawaii, as he has never been there and they have some of the best waves. Our conversations went very naturally and smoothly and it was nice having random similar beliefs such as; we both believe if someone dresses nice they feel nice. Additionally, we both love writing things down, because we both believe that there is such a satisfaction in crossing something off a list after it has been completed. Additionally, he asked me the question “ If I had no plans, no obligations and nothing to do what is the firs thing that comes to mind of something I would want to do?” I said to spend time with people I love, he said he first would want to have a bite of an avocado then spend time with those he loves. Personally I love avocado, but I was very fascinated that  avocados came to his mind first. Devon is so laid back, well rounded and talented, I look forward to hearing about his Spring Break adventures and hope he makes me avocado toast one day.

Wk 10-Art Experience-Instagram

This week for our art experience we had to use my favorite app Instagram. Instagram is a very cool app because people are able to share their life through photographs. I like this because even though people and moments do not last forever, photographs do. On Thursday I posted four photos throughout the day. I posted a photo with my morning coffee cup, 2 photos from the art museum and one of a wall in my room which I like.  Instead of just taking photos of the art or the coffee cup I tried to take each photo in an artistic way. After looking at our classes giant group selfie, of all of our posts together, it was very fascinating to see even though there were over 500 photos, every photo was different in some way. Due to the fact most students went to the museums on Thursday, that was the one commonality of all many students posts. I thought our group selfie really embodied a class full of unique individuals which I loved. Fun art experience to incorporate such a frequent used app. Screen Shot 2016-03-27 at 11.31.57 PM.png

Wk 8-Artist Conversation-Bri Joy


Artist:Bri Joy


Media:Bfk printmaking paper, light sensitive emulsion stencils, water based ink screen with aluminum frame she handmade

Gallery:CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: No website until after graduation


This week I met a really down to earth artist: Bri Joy. She is an undergraduate student in the Print Making program at CSULB. She went to community college at Orange Coast and hopes to graduate from CSULB very soon. Her exhibit today was her undergraduate BFA show, which every art student needs to graduate! She comes from a wilderness of sorts. The town she grew up in had less than 1,000 people and no one even really had a cell phone. As Bri moved from a small town to Long Beach and Orange County she experienced a major culture shock. She said she was “a hobbyist”. She loves everything active, as she hikes, surfs and does yoga on the regular. All of her pieces explore the organic and digital worlds colliding or merging. The title of her exhibit is based off of her life.

Her work embodies her past and present life coming together. Each piece describes her two communities differences.  She described her work as being heavily digitalized lines seamlessly coming together.  She really doesn’t try for specific line shapes but just wants all of her work to be cohesive. 3 out of her 7 pieces incorporate figurative formal qualities which I found fascinating. Bri uses BFK print making paper. She likes using large pieces of paper to create larger pieces, therefore she has to order the paper in rolls. In addition to the paper, she used a screen she created herself, occasionally stencils and ink. She creates value from manipulating the eye and line.

Bri wants there to be conversations throughout her whole piece, rather than have any moments of seamless parts. All of her pieces are about her past. She is trying to explore a world of few people, little use of technology, close bonds and trust. At the same time she is trying to explore a word of technological advancements, crowded cities and less genuine relationships. The two worlds she tries to explore in each of her pieces are the two worlds she has lived in, one as an adolescent an one currently as an adult.

She described how as she moved cities, she experienced a major culture shock, due to the fact she believes people in Southern California are not as open as people from her home town. She told us to really value the genuine bonds in our life and I took that to heart. She was so right we live in such a populated place where creating strong bonds is not as easy as when in a close knit community or town. I really enjoyed her exhibit and could tell she put a lot of hard work into it. She described the process to me and explained how she had to make her own board because she wanted to make larger pieces then artists previously. I admired her hard work and determination and it definitely showed off in all of her pieces.

Wk 8- Art Experience – Automatic Drawing

This weeks art experience was unique and something I have never done before. I honestly thought when told to do automatic drawing, nothing would really happen. I did this project with my roommate who also happens to be my best friend so sitting there in silence holding a pencil we busted out laughing. This took multiple tries till we actually relaxed and noticed movement. Afterwards, we were only able to take a selfie, as our other roommate was not home. Overall a very interesting experience!

Wk 8-Classmate Discussion-Haley Anderson

Today I decided to get to know a beautiful individual in my soroIMG_9206.JPGrity a little bit better. Haley Anderson is a  sophomore Pre Nursing major at CSULB and just applied to the Nursing program. She eventually wants to get her masters and become a pediatric nurse practitioner. When asked 5 things on her college bucket list she said…

1. Get a 4.0

2. Party at other colleges

3. Go to Coachella

4. Get into the Nursing Program

5. Get a Boyfriend

Additionally, when asked how to have the best experience in college she recommended everyone to join greek life. She is a member in the Delta Zeta sorority! Go out and have fun you only get to experience being young and in college onceI continued to ask her what she likes and dislikes the most about attending CSULB, she said she loves the trees around campus the most because they make the school very beautiful. On the contrary, she dislikes how there isn’t a Greek row and no football or mens soccer team.After hearing all this I was curious why she truly chose CSULB and she said the schools nursing program was amazing as well as the environment was really nice. She loved how the school was far from home so she could get the full college experience of moving away.If she had the opportunity she would definitely recommend the school. Haley is such a kind, fun-loving, grounded person and I am happy to have gotten to know her on a deeper level, and hope to create more memories in the future.

Wk 7-Artist Conversation- Andrea Williams

Artist: Andrea Lauren Williams

Exhibition: Sacrifice

Media: Ceramic, Raw Clay, Cement,

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: mrsdubbayoo.weebly.com

Instagram: Adrea Williammms


This week there were many galleries to view, but as I walked into the first one which had big ceramic and cement amazing pieces on the wall, I knew which artist I wanted to write about. Luckily, the artist was sitting outside at the table alone, so I had the opportunity and honor to introduce myself and ask her a bunch of questions one on one. Andrea is an undergraduate student in the school of Ceramics at CSULB. She was born and raised in Riverside California. Art and music has always been apart of her life, but when she reached her 20’s her husband told her to finally choose a major and she went with Ceramics.  Prior to choosing ceramics, she was in a band and has played the drums since she was 12 years old. Her main interests are her child, and all of her animals at home (pigs, dogs and chickens). Her work explores sacrifice; which parallels to her own personal life, as she has to sacrifice her faith, motherhood and work during her life.

Her work is textural loose, gestural and very hand made. I loved how she told me she never tries to smooth out her finger prints on any of her work as everything she creates is very hands on and her finger prints resemble that. The main repetition in all of her pieces is that she focuses on texture and gesture. She uses many materials, but she explained how the majority of her work is 50% ceramic, while the other 50% is made from cement. In order to add color to her pieces she uses mason paint!

All of her work explores a lot of ideas and concepts. Andrea’s work encompasses religiosity; a particular type of faith. A faith of a a woman and everything a woman has to sacrifice, such as her time and body. She is trying to explore the idea that woman sacrifice so much in the religious world.

Andrea and I had a very good genuine conversation. I respected what an amazing artist she was, but even more how humble she was. I loved her concept of Sacrifice. I am not a very religious person, therefore I didn’t understand nor relate to the religious aspects of her work, but the concept of women sacrifice I did. There are so many times in a woman’s life where she has to make sacrifices, and I think that is something usually overlooked in life and in art.

Wk 7- Art Experience- Group Video Activity

Videos and films have had big impact on our society! Many people get a visual perspective of ideas, concepts, music, and books through different types of videos. My group and I decided to recreate a classic theme song to the popular childhood show “SpongeBob Squarepants”. We went around  to a few locations on campus to film the video. The experience was very fun, but really made me realize how there are so many different steps that go into a video from location to lighting, to choreography, to placements, to editing and more. If we were to do this again I think we should plan everything out a little more. Our whole video was planned in a short time and we explored campus to find settings we thought were fitting, rather than choosing exact settings and having everything planned out prior to arriving at the location. Overall, making this video was fun, enjoyable  and very eventful! I think this video activity went so well because of my group. My group was down for anything and we all really collaborated well!

OUR LINK : https://vimeo.com/157668506

WK 7- Classmate Discussion- Jayson Fields

This week I decided to do a classmate conversation with a familiar face Mr. Jayson Kyle Fields. Jayson is a second year majoring in Athletic Training. With this major he hopes to become an athletic trainer for either a college or a professional sports team. The reason he chose CSULB was because it’s close to his home and the University has one of the best Athletic Training programs. Jayson and I have played Volleyball together for 2 years now, so I wanted to ask him some thought provoking questions to learn more about him. I asked him what animal represents him and why? He explained how he believed he was best represented by a Lion because a lion is known as a leader and he considers himself a leader, because in sports, when someone needs to take charge on a play and step up, he always wants to be that person who faces the pressure as he is not afraid of the challenge. When asked what makes him happy he said being with the people he cares about and playing sports makes him the happiest. On the other hand,  what makes him  angry is losing or  not reaching the goals he sets for himself. Plus, what makes him nervous is speaking in public. I ended with the question What words of wisdom would you pass onto your childhood self? He said he would tell himself to be more outgoing, and when things get hard, just battle through it. Additionally, he would tell his younger self to “push more in sports because you are capable of being a lot better than what h am today. Just put in that extra work and you’ll make it.” Jayson is such an awesome guy, and I hope everyone gets the chance to meet himScreen Shot 2016-03-06 at 10.29.25 PM.png