Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Helen Werner Cox


Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: Oil paints, pastel, oil, markers

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: www.helenwernercox.com

Instagram: N/A

Helen Werner Cox was the artist I chose to analyze this week. She is currently a graduate student at CSULB. She was part of the Drawing and Painting program. Cox is from Ithaca, New York. She first stayed in Boston for sixteen years. She later moved to California. Here, she had various jobs.Cox has worked as a middle and high school teacher. When questioning her about her hobbies, Cox said she enjoys reading fiction and mystery books. Cox also said she was a librarian. Lastly, she said her favorite hobby to do is to play the dots game.

Helen used various materials to create her art. Cox said that she mostly used oil paints, pastels, oils, and markers. All her art seem to have a fairytale connotation. This is due to the various use of the motif of horses, unicorns, etc. The color scheme is mainly soft pastels ranging to browns, blacks, and white. The main colors overall are black, white, and brown. The horses are mainly colored brown and black. Most of the art pieces were made of pastels. Thus, Cox had to remind many students to be careful. This is because if we touch, or accidentally bump into the pieces, the pastels will smear. Overall, all the pieces’ scales were very big. I believe this is to give the illusion of how big the actual horses are.I noticed that most of the pieces have “wind motions,” this is to give the illusion of the horses running through the wind.

Cox’s main theme is the demise of society. She wished to convey the fact that society is basically trapped, and that there is no room for evolution. This correlates to the piece where the horses are running around in a circle. This shows that the horses only run in one direction, and one motion. Symbolic of society, it shows how society is simply moving in one place, never improving. Another interesting note to analyze is how the horses all have a fearful, agitated expression. I believe this represents people in society, who also feel trapped. Due to the everyday monotonous routine all society experience, it can cause feelings of fear, pain, sadness, and anger. The horses symbolize the humans/citizens trapped inside this never ending cycle of pain, also known as this continuous loop – society.

This probably has to be my favorite piece. This is due to many reasons. First, I agree with all the reasons behind the art. I also agree with how society is not really improving. I feel that society has not improved as much as we can. Although there has been some improvement in society, there could be more. This reminds me of George Orwell’s novel 1984, since it’s about broken societies. Overall, I enjoyed the colors used in these pieces since they were very calming and mostly neutral colors. I believe the best part about this exhibit is the music that played in the background. It really livened the experience and made it more special. It basically bought the art to life.




Wk 10 – Art Experience – Instagram

This week’s art experience was Instagram! We had to take at least five pictures and post it to Instagram. I took them mostly during art class, and a little bit after class. During art, I took two pictures of the art. After class, I walked around with Eddie and took more pictures. I took one of Eddie with a tree and one of our drinks from Coffee Tea and Leaf. From other people’s posts I see mostly food pictures, pictures of friends, selfies, and pets. Some connections I see is that everyone posted mostly pictures of daily tasks, and pictures of either themselves or their friends. There were no surprises, but some pictures were very professional-looking, and didn’t look like a regular shot. I did feel that there was a community of some sort. I felt connected since we all posted similar pictures. Also, it was because we all used iPhones or samsungs. Overall, this experience has made me realize that we are a community.


Wk 10 – Student Conversation- Cheryl Peng

imageThis week’s student conversation was with Cheryl Peng! She is currently a first year student at CSULB. Cheryl is a communication major. She is currently dorming at Parkside. Cheryl is originally from Hacidena Heights. I really liked Cheryl’s hair! It was ombré with blonde highlights. Her hobbies include: hanging out with friends, watching movies, doing her make up, and studying. She also really likes to lounge around her dorm and shop for new makeup and clothes. Her dream job is to be a event planner. She wants to plan events such as: weddings, parties, and celebrity events. She wants to minor in hospitality management. She is also Chinese. Cheryl is currently trying to find a job. She says it’s hard to find a part time job that fits her schedule. Her favorite thing to watch is claymation films. It was very fun talking to Cheryl!

Cheryl’s blog: https://cherylpeng1.wordpress.com


Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – William Brigham

Artist: William Brigham
Exhibition: Altered Carbon
Media: Various Metals
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi
Website: theartificery.com
Instagram: theartificery


This week’s featured artist is William Brigham. He currently is in the BFA metals program. He claims that he enjoys making cool stuff, and that he often injures himself on the job. He is currently an undergraduate, and hopes to graduate this semester. He is a mjor in metals and 3D media. He enjoys spear fishing. THis is due to the fact that he makes spears, and wants to put use to them. He transferred from OCC to Cal State Long Beach. He is also from Huntington Beach. He also likes to be in his workshop in his spare time.

The majority of his works are knifes and metal objects. The knifes all have beautiful feathery metal indents. On the other hand, the other objects use different color metals. For example, there is metallic elements, gold elements, etc. Another color is the gradient color spectrum of gray to rose. All the texture looks smooth, there are no jagged lines or edges. Another really pretty art piece was the metal rose. I was going to include a picture, but my picture was too blurry, which wouldn’t do it justice. Overall, all the knives have different patterns engraved on them.

Brigham said that it takes him “an ungodly amount of time” to make these pieces. He also said that he was inspired by the Japanese katana. The Japanese kanata is a traditional Japanese sword. Brigham also said that all the pieces started out as a flat piece of metal layer. Most of the knives are made form carbon and nickel metal. Brigham also said that with staring off as a flat piece of metal, he tries to manipulate the patterns to his own liking. He also said that he made these pieces as practice to construct his sword. He is hesitant to completely construct the sword. Brigham also said that once there is 20 layers, he can mold it into whatever shape he wants. Once the steel is hot, it can be malleable, and be made into anything.

This experience viewing Brigham was very calming and fun. It was nice to see the patterns on the swords, they were very pretty. My favorite piece was the metal rose. It reminded me of the rose from “Beauty and the Beast.” It looked very delicate and beautiful, almost magical. My favorite movie is “Beauty and the Beast,”so seeing this rose in real life was a cool experience. It was almost as if seeing the rose in real life. The knives were a little scary to see in real life, since they were so large. They also looked really heavy. Overall, viewing his art was fun.




Wk 9 – Classmate Conversation – Nancy Tran

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My classmate conversation this week was with Nancy Tran! She approached me saying that I looked nice. Thanks Nancy! She is currently a sophomore. Her major is a health, and she hopes to be a health care administrator. Her hobbies include: baking, dancing, singing, and reading. She is both Vietnamese and Chinese. She lives near Pasadena and has one sibling, a little brother. She hopes to also be a nurse. She also has a dog. Her dog is a mix, and Nancy isn’t sure what he is. She showed me a picture and he is very cute. He is fourteen years old. She likes Japanese food, especially sushi. She likes Sake to Me, her favorite roll us the roly poly. She currently does not work and likes the color purple. It was cool meeting you Nancy!

Nancy’s blog: https://nancytrann.wordpress.com/


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Hello! I am Princess Consuela Banana Hammock! I am a martial artist residing at Moonbase Alpha. I also run a cafe called Sakura. Being a martial artist and in charge of a high-end cafe, I am very busy. I came to Moonbase Alpha to start a new life after running away from home. Starting out, it was very scary. But soon, I adjusted and eventually opened up Sakura. Since I was also skilled in martial arts, I occasionally taught children the art. Soon many people came, and I decided to open a studio to teach on the side. Day by day I teach martial arts and run Sakura. In my free time I like to walk my pet hedgehog – Peanut. My closest friend is Eddie. He first helped me adjust to life here, at Moonbase Alpha. My rival is Cosmo, he also runs a cafe and often tries to outsell me. My next door neighbor is Sakata Toshi, he often walks my hedgehog for me.

Links out:

Mr.Spacey: https://eddiescastle.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/wk-9-art-experience-moon-base-alpha/

Cosmo:  https://itsalexanderlucero.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/cosmo/

Sakata Toshi :   https://mengchublog.wordpress.com/2016/03/18/sakata-toshi/


People who have linked me in:

Ken Jones: https://thehoaxreaper.wordpress.com/https://thehoaxreaper.wordpress.com

Jinbae: https://yonkopat.wordpress.com/2016/03/19/jinbae/

Chip 2000: https://cherylpeng1.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/chip-2000/


Princess Consuela Banana Hammock


Wk 8 – Artist Conversation – Bri Joy


Artist: Bri Joy

Exhibition: Merge

Media: BFK printmaking paper and Screen prints

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: None

Instagram: bri.joy

Currently an undergraduate, Bri is still attending CSULB. She is intending to graduate with a degree in Bachelor’s Fine Arts in printmaking. Bri said she was from a very small town, and she could not believe how different culture is in Long Beach. Some of Bri’s hobbies include: yoga surfing, snowboarding, hiking, and skateboarding. Transferring from OCC, Bri has stayed 3 years so far at CSULB. Bri has claimed that she is fearful or graduating, since it’s difficult to officially set up all her equipment in her apartment. Bri also claimed that when she first moved here, she was overwhelmed how unfamiliar and foreign the area seemed. This is because she came from a town where the population was less than 1000, and the community was much more tight knit.

The main method to produce Bri’s art was printmaking. Made on rolls of BFK, Bri used special ink to produce the color. The main colors of the art is black and white. The overall shape are lines, rectangles, dots, and many hoops and loops. The pieces are overwhelming large, making the art more interesting, which captivates you even more. The major of the pieces are contrasting colors – the black and white makes the art stand out even more. The only human-like shapes in her pieces are the two contrasting women laying in a horizontal direction.

The overall concept of the art is suppose to represent the merging of her past life and her present life. I believe the complex lines and hoops are suppose to represent what Bri claimed to be how she felt when she moved into this area. Where the contrasting monochromatic colors symbolize her two worlds interacting and colliding. Bri said that her favorite piece is the self-portrait of herself, which started out as a mistake. But Bri still went along with it, making it even more impressive. I believe that because all the blank canvas. layouts are white, it represents Bri before she came to the new area. But the complex lines symbolize how corporate America, and the overwhelming, foreign country took over her. But because the two are present in the same piece it shows that it is possible to coexist.

I liked these pieces best, since these were very simple and calming to look at compared to the other pieces I have seen. I believe these pieces are powerful because it has an overall theme. The theme is that corporate America is extremely overwhelming to newcomers. This is due to their power and stance in society. I can relate this to a documentary I saw in Junior year in high school. The documentary was called “The Corporation,” and was basically about how corporations are evil and deceptive.