It has been said that in the arts, we tell lies to get at the truth. Cole uses different materials and perceptual perspectives to get at an idea from several different vantage points. He is interested in the intersection of our own personal histories and how their recalling changes over time: at what point do they translate from personal stories to self-aggrandized mythologies? Can these stories become part of the larger culture? Cole explores elements of personal navigation: how do we relate to the stars, the sea and each other? Cole's work utilizes natural and man-made navigational tools to describe metaphorical and contextural environments.
Now an Associate Professor of Art at Ball State School of Art, he assumed the lead faculty position of Ball State University's new glass program in 2010.