‘The objects I collect, the treasures I keep for years until they find their place, they may indeed be images of death, but for me their beauty is one of the joys which make life into a glowing jewel in the dust.’
Dale Copeland, of Puniho, Taranaki, forms society’s detritus and reworks discarded items into artworks that provide personal, social and global commentary.
A selection of the Dale’s recent assemblage creations are in her exhibition titled Think which was due to run at Percy Thomson until September 5 (pre-Lockdown).
Dale calls her recent assemblages ‘philosophical ramblings in solid form’.
"I love the things I make.
Junk is collected and donated, sits around for about 20 years, and finally finds its place; from collage postcards to a large motorised Not-Very-Merry-Go-Round of gargoyles; my mother's false teeth in a fish head... life is full of possibilities.
People have been puzzled by the contrast: my optimism and enthusiasm for living seen against my work, which finds its beauty in images of fear, death, and the follies of the living. To me there is no contradiction: given the horrors, the brevity and the pain, an intense joy is the only rational response; dance till they drop you, exult while you can; over all the joys of life, the fierce and inevitable decay.
The objects I collect, the treasures I keep for years until they find their place, they may indeed be images of death, but for me their beauty is one of the joys which make life into a glowing jewel in the dust."
Dale lives in Puniho with her partner, well-known painter Paul Hutchinson. In another life Dale was a teacher of physics and mathematics graduating with first class honours in Mathematics (MA). Dale was honoured with a MNZM (2012) for her services to art.