Mixed Media

Joe Coates

Joe Coates

I learned to love working with my hands from my father, a pilot, who was also an accomplished mechanic and woodworker.  I was introduced to welding as a teenager by the aircraft mechanics at the local airport.  Initially, I welded to build and repair cars, but quickly became enamored with the amazing strength and beauty of welded metal structures and started welding for the sheer joy of the creative process. 

Hermes Illana

Hermes Illana

I am still trying to define the word ‘artist’ or even to accept the title for myself. In my work I just try to give a different meaning and function to objects that I find. I work mainly with recycled metal and wood. I also experiment with a medium that I call photographic sculpture, which challenges the boundaries of 2D photography.