Self-Taught Art

Jerry Coker

Jerry Coker's "identity masks" illuminate the 388 most interesting people that he had met. Fabricated from rusted pieces of tin covering wood shaped as a face, he folded, banged and secured the pieces to form the features. Noses are often long protruding strips that stem from the forehead. Mouths and eyes may be cut out or formed by tucking some tin under another layer of material. The faces are often elongated, pushed and pulled to reflect distinct personalities. "Masks," he said, "are my calling."