Dale Copeland at Vital Transformations Mauri Ora
Two vintage mannequins, armless and harmless, take up arms. Stag horns, symbols of masculinity. Now back from the wars, stronger, not ashamed of their scars and standing on tyres. These two sculptures were accepted into the competitive exhibition for the Molly Morpeth Canaday award, but were damaged in transit to Whakatane. Returned in pieces and reassembled in the studio to be displayed as part of Vital Transformations.
Dale Copeland has exhibited her assemblage and collage art widely for more than forty years. An exhibition of her small assemblages is currently showing in the long narrow room of this gallery and more can be seen on her website at dalecopeland.co.nz She writes and maintains the Virtual Tart website for Taranaki artists and has led exhibitions of Taranaki art to New York, to Vancouver and to Paris (twice). Next year another group exhibition is planned for Leiden in The Netherlands. She has written more than 20 books, mostly about art but also on mathematics and Taekwon-Do. She is a fifth Dan black belt in Taekwon-Do, in training for her sixth.