Josh Cote - Mixed Media
Josh Cote is the son of a watercolorist who grew up surrounded by art and artists. He spent his youth painting with his father and traveling with his family to art fairs up and down the east coast. After studying painting and drawing at The University of Michigan School of Art, Cote became a self-taught sculptor who utilizes hand-modeled resin, cold-worked wire, found objects, glass, welded steel, and negative space to create unique and fanciful sculptures of ravens, porcupines, monkeys, rabbits, and many other creatures both wild and mythical.
Cote works out of a home/studio made out of two immense steel water tanks that were converted from a city water treatment plant. He hand-models and paints his resin sculpts, then integrates them with found objects, glass, and recycled wire. Using only needle-nosed pliers, the wire is cold-worked, painstakingly hand-manipulated, and wrapped and woven to itself. Natural patinas are obtained on all of his finished sculptures with acid and all of the copper and aluminum wire he uses is recycled.
“My sculpture attempts to explore the boundaries and relationships between man, woman and nature, centered on our relationship to the environment,” says Cote. “Fusing elements of folk art, surrealism and realism, ideas arise from dreams, observation and nature. I often work with themes of transformation, nurturing and regeneration. My creative energy is about growth and perceiving this energy with intuition. The challenge, the art, is attempting to translate this mystery through the process of my sculpture.
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