Wk10- Artist Conversation- Helen Werner Cox

Info Block:

Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: oil,pastel, mono prints, drawing, wood carving, mix dedia  

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

Website: http://www.HelenWernerCox.com

Instagram: No Instagram

About the Artist:

Helen Werner Cox is a graduate student in the CSULB School of Art MFA Drawing and Painting Figurative Program. Cox is in her last semester of graduate school and said that she felt glad because, “when you’re in graduate school your whole life is placed on hold”. Cox grew up in a small farming city in New York state, she even mentioned that some of her classmates would milk cows before going to class in the morning. Cox has been a teacher for forty years and a librarian for fourteen years. She stated that her favorite group to teach has been middle schoolers. Cox does not watch any television, but in her free time she enjoys doing gardening, reading fiction and mystery novels, and she has recently taking up playing “dots” on her phone.         

Formal Analysis:

The artwork that I decided to do my analysis on was one of Helen Werner Cox’s pieces. The piece is oil and pastel on a 90”x90’ piece of paper. The artwork portrays the ceiling of an antique carousel with four horses that appear to be running towards the audience. The ceiling is very intricate and beautiful. The horses are also very colorful and their facial expressions are also very well done and realistic. Cox really captured the beauty of the antique carousel. By simply looking at the piece on feels that they are there in the artwork.

Content Analysis:

Helen Werner Cox’s artwork explores how humans continue making mistakes over and over again. She explained this by comparing this to the carrousel because just like the carousel keeps spinning in circles, humans keep making the same mistakes when opportunities come around. Society is stuck in that circle and and they can not get out of it. Unlike for Joseph Campbell, Cox believes that human lives do not go in a spiral upward but rather just in circles.      

Synthesis/ My Experience:

This week’s gallery by Helen Werner Cox served me as a re-enforcement to why I like art and why I have a passion for it. Cox captured the beauty and realism of the horses and carousel. From the moment I stepped into the gallery I was captivated, Cox had carousel music playing which made her artwork come to life. I really enjoyed her style and art and I can not wait to see her work in a museum in the future and have the pleasure to say that I meet the artist.


Wk10- Classmate Conversation- Amber Bolden

IMG_1281Amber Bolden is an eighteen year old Freshmen attending CSULB planning to major in film. Amber’s interest in film stems from her love in photography. She said that film is what she wants to do because it is what is predominant nowadays. Amber would like to become a film producer someday. She is the type of person that if she wants something, she will go ahead and accomplish it on her own. In the case of photography she went out of her own way and signed up to take photography classes in Venice beach. Amber currently works in two jobs, one as a researcher on campus and the other one being a sales associate at Victoria’s Secret in Santa Monica. Although she rarely has any free time, when she does have time she enjoys to go to art museums and hang out with friends. Amber lives in the dorms and really enjoys the independence she has because it gives her the opportunity to learn and manage her own time. Amber was really charismatic and really entertaining to talk to and I encourage others to talk and get to know her.

Wk10- Art Experience- Instagram


This assignment was really fun but at the same time a little complicated because I was not really sure which things I wanted to post. I am the type of person who rarely post things in social media and posting more that one thing on one day was definitely out of my comfort zone. I always tend to think that it is a little too annoying when people post a lot of things in one day and finding myself doing that was weird. I felt that since I judge those who do that, I was being judged by others. The posts that I decided to share where representative of what I did in my day. I wanted to capture my life in art class by posting two pictures of the art gallery and two others of my regular life. For the other two I did the CSULB library and of ice cream with my brother. I decided to also incorporate just screenshots of what I saw when I went into the hashtag. Some of my own pictures were present in the collage as well.

Wk9- Artist Conversation- Sean Joy Cabanig

Info Block:

Artist: Sean Joy Cabanig

Exhibition: All Work All Play  

Media: copper, metals, silvers

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: no website

Instagram: no instagram

About the Artist:

Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig is an undergraduate student in her last semester at CSULB. She is a fifth year student obtaining her degree in the CSULB School of Art’s BFA Metals Program. Cabanig is originally from Los Angeles but now lives in Long Beach. She has been in the dorms for two years now. Chabanig loves cats and enjoys to read, play video games, and experimenting with her art. A fun fact about her is that she first applied to CSULB for creative writing but she was not happy and switched.     

Formal Analysis:

Amongst the very interesting and beautiful pieces in the gallery, I decided to do it on a piece that called my attention. The object was a small cylinder box. In the inside it had what seemed to be like a metal pinecone. The cylinder was made of a dark brown metal which was the reason why I liked it so much. I really like brown and seeing the contrast of the dark brown from the cylinder and the light brown from the pinecone really made it stand out. The object was very simple but really stunning. The object appeared to be very smooth and it looked like something that took a while to make.               

Content Analysis:

Cabanig draws inspiration for her artwork from her daily life and the emotions she is feeling in that point in her life. She does not have any specific reasons for creating particular pieces and is very free when it comes to creating her work. She does pieces from jewelry to items like the one I previously described.     

Synthesis/ My Experience:

Overall I really enjoyed Cabanig’s gallery. I found it really amazing how she was able to create some really amazing pieces with metal. Her story of how she changed her major and found her true passion was really inspirational because it shows how students still find a calling. The gallery showed more than just jewelry, which I really liked.

Wk9- Classmate Conversation- Elidia Ramirez


Elidia Ramirez is a nineteen year old Sophomore at CSULB. She is currently undeclared, but she really likes History because it is something that really fascinates her. She mentioned that she might decide to major in History. Elidia, like the other students I have interviewed, chose CSULB because of her close proximity to the university. She actually lives very close to Gabriela Hernandez, who is a classmate I did a conversation on a few weeks ago. Elidia’s favorite music artist is Bruno Mars and she expressed her desire for someday to see him in concert. She also loves to travel out of the United States to Mexico to see her family. Speaking with Elidia was really great because she has a bubbly personality and is really personality.


IMG_1244I am the last of my species left in Moonbase Alpha. All of my species died do to the irresponsibility of humans and other creatures in this planet. I am the last surviving of the Wise Tree’s. I am the oldest living creature in this planet and have been here since the planet was created. I am the only one left that knows what has happened in this planet since it was created. This planet is my home and I have keep historical records of it on each of my leaves. Unlike other species of tree I can walk on my roots and live off of oxygen which I also create. I do not require water or any sunlight. When other creatures are looking for advice they come to me because they know that I have a vast amount of knowledge and that I can give them the advice they need. If you would like to learn of a few creatures I have advised, make sure to check them out: Elidiana Laeta WordPress.com/post/elidiar.WordPress.com/241 and Gabrielina gabrielahblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/632/

Wk8- Artist Conversation- Brianna Joy

Info Block:

Artist: Bri Joy

Exhibition: Merge

Media: Screen prints, BFK paper

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

Website: She does not have a website

Instagram: bri.joy

About the Artist:

Bri Joy is an undergraduate student in her last year in the  CSULB School of Art’s Printmaking Program. Joy is from Modjeska Canyon, California, which is a very small town in Santa Ana. She mention that her community is very close knit and that everyone knows each other which was very different than when coming to Long Beach. She explained that she loves to travel and that she definitely sees herself doing it in the future. Joy loves being active so she surfs, skateboards, snowboards, and does yoga.    

Formal Analysis:

The artwork that decided to focus on was one of Bri Joy’s screen prints in the Merge gallery. The screen print was rectangular and quite large in size. It was longer in length than it was in width. The artwork displayed was quite simple because it was only two colors, black from the paint and the white from the paper. The artwork looks like a bunch of doodling but in the center it has a female figure that appears to be captured from behind. Her hair and silhouette of her body are connected to the doodling that’s all around her. Overall is a simple peace but very beautiful. I was surprised when she mentioned that she did her work section by section and that it was all hand printed. From first glance one would not know that it was made by hand, it looks like it was printed from a computer.           

Content Analysis:

Joy’s work represents her personal self, of her coming together from her past and her present. She combines organic which she described as her upbringings and the digital which is work. There is a clear contrast between the two which is why I personally believe she uses only two colors in her gallery. The organic resembles her hometown because it was very natural and in contrast Long Beach is a very industrialized setting. Joy explained that her gallery came about because of a glitch that occurred to her computer as she was working in her self portrait, and she found it very fitting for her life at the moment.   

Synthesis/ My Experience:

I really enjoyed the gallery and the different art pieces that Bri Joy had on display. I enjoyed the simplicity although I am know well aware that it took her a long time to complete. I was surprised when she mention that every time she would mess up, it would be like throwing away one hundred dollars. Her whole concept really spoke to me because I also grew up in very natural setting and  Long Beach for me is also a very industrialized setting, which is taking me time to get used to.

Wk8- Classmate Conversation- William Luna

IMG_1226William Luna is nineteen year old Sophomore at CSULB. He is enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering program and hopes for some day to work for an aerospace company and make airplanes for celebrities. He attended Lakewood High School and after attended LBCC where he played soccer for the team. During his Freshman year in college he was attending both LBCC and CSULB. Luna comes from a low income Honduran family and he believes that because of that he has learned to appreciate things more. Luna’s favorite foods are ceviche and pupusas and his favorite color is blue. In his free time he likes to hang out with friends and to play soccer. His favorite soccer teams are las Chivas and el Barcelona. Luna lives in North Long Beach and has never been out of the Unites States, if he were to travel, he would like to go to Spain. Luna has his own 3D printing company that he himself stated with someone else, he said that it is pretty successful. His main job is catering at weddings at a mansion. Luna was a very charismatic person to talk to and very friendly.

Wk8- Art Experience- Automatic Drawing

This week for my art experience we had to do an automatic drawing which I decided to do with my older brother at our apartment. We sat across from each other “crisscross applesauce” and we places a foam board on top of our knees like the activity said to do. I decided to do a foam board instead of a piece of paper because it was more stable and had a hard surface. The activity was a little silly to do but fun. I feel that the activity did not work very well for me because I often found myself purposely moving the pencil and I felt my brother also did the same. I guess we just really wanted for something to happen. I turned on a scented candle and turned off all the lights in order to relax but it just made us laugh because we were joking around that the assignment was like playing the ouija board. Overall it was a fun bonding activity for us both.