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Artist’s Statement, 2016.

Extended Artist’s Statement, March 2016 Helen Werner Cox The Theme: Employing the carousel as a visual metaphor of society, I exploited its complex and diverse images through different vantage points and media. The disquieting effect of the anxieties we experience regarding things beyond our control is expressed through the organization of values, lines, shapes, and […]

Conclusions from Paris

It was instructive to see the preparatory drawings and paintings in comparison to the larger, final compositions.  This happened by looking in different galleries, sometimes in different museums, but the intensity with which we approached museums in these last two weeks kept the images fresh enough that I could recognize and compare some of the […]

More adventures in Paris, 2013.

Notre Dame Cathedral:  impressive, beautiful windows, remarkable intersecting arches, and too many people!   You would think they could respect the request to keep their big mouths shut for whatever length of time they spent in the cathedral.  It looks like it is finally going to get the cleaning it needs on its 850th birthday. Palace […]

Impressions – Paris – June 2013

We got so comfortable in London it was hard to transition to Paris, but after the first day we began to enjoy ourselves.  The transit system is not as thorough and organized as the one in London, and the bathrooms are filthy, but the museums are great.  The food is way too expensive and not […]

Tate Britain; May 28, 2013

The Tate Britain has an exquisite exterior, ominously pitted along one side from bombs during WWII.  I was thrilled to find Henry Moore drawings and sculptures, as well as video footage of the artist at work.  It showed him bending the armature in a vise, applying plaster in layers to achieve the form, fine tuning […]

The Streets of London; May 28, 2013

The parks are beautiful in the sunshine and when it isn’t raining everyone makes sure they get out!  Here we are, walking along; we turn a corner and there, across the water, is a Henry Moore sculpture! One of our favorite mystery writers, Barbara Vine, wrote about the Portobello Market, so naturally we had to […]

Impressions, London; May 28, 2013

Charles Dickens Museum – excellent.  The kitchen and scullery gave a clue about the hard life of those who could not hire someone else to do the work.  Although Dickens was considered a champion for working class people and women, he apparently had a double standard when it came to his wife, who bore him […]

Adventures in London; May 24, 2013

Extrapolated from my drawing notebook: We spent seven hours at the Victoria and Albert Museum and did not see even half of what they have on display!  I focused on the areas most related to my current studies:  European art, particularly painting, drawing, and sculpture. They have a stunning collection of sculpture:  Rodin, medieval wood carvings, […]

Thoughts on Florence

Florence.  It has taken me all summer just to start writing about it.  I was there for three weeks, immersed in a summer art program at California State University.  It was wonderful, intense, gratifying, overwhelming, exciting, and exhausting.  I felt exposed, vulnerable, honored, and affirmed.  I did not do my best work.  I learned a […]

Death of Venus; Technical Aspects

Death of Venus; a Description The basswood figure is 24” long from fingertips to toes, on a 15” x 27” mahogany base.  It is a partially articulated marionette, without strings, to represent the control others are exerting on the woman’s body.  The basswood was stained and then varnished with satin polyurethane.  To make the hair […]