By their fruits ye shall know them

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mixed media assemblage
600 X 480 X 250 mm
by Dale Copeland, 1987
Collection of Jerome Leyendecker, USA

This one was years in the making, and went through many different stages. The old brass font for holy water had long been a treasure, ever since I found it in a junk shop. I had also acquired a piece of thick copper wire which must have been used to support objects being chrome plated, as it had a bubbly encrustation of shiny chrome. I made flowers out of sheet lead, very dead and droopy-looking. At first I had a plain background - the statement of that leaden growth was enough. But after two years of being vaguely dissatisfied with the work, and cutting the backing board into a trapezoid rather than the original rectangle, I started applying collage and texture to the back. Worn and sanded down, so more suggestive than stating, it now has images redolent of orthodox churches, both Moslem and Roman.

As with some other assemblages, this one has offended believers. That was not my intention. The comforts of believing are to be envied, but the results must remain open to criticism.


Dale's studio can be found on Surf Highway, Taranaki, New Zealand

More of her work can be seen on the Virtual TART site at http://virtual.tart.co.nz/Dale

email Dale at   dale @ tart.co.nz (remove the spaces)
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