YOLO

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YOLO (You only live once)
Assemblage of found objects
glass heart in copper cage, with X-ray images in curved glass frame
in a drawer designed to hold clerical collars.
26 x 35 x 12 cm
by Dale Copeland, 2019
NFS (this one will stay in my collection of favourites).

In a translation from the German words put to Beethoven's Ode to Joy, there are these words:

  Joy, beautiful spark of the Gods
...
She gives lust for life to the lowliest
...

Great words, but I prefer this poem by Andrew King,
a previously unpublished poet in New Zealand.
Joy
Down that dark alley,
day and night,
The spectre of death prowls;

No matter how much salt
tossed left of the ear, the
story stops with the whistling
of the scythe through the air;

So seize that dark waif
and carry him on the
shoulder of your life;

Let him be the companion
to the joy of being alive.
Andrew King

Andrew told me the inspiration and influences that led him to writing this poem include watching the beginning of the last 007 movie with the Mexican Day of the Dead feast but he'd been thinking about this idea for years right back to when he was reading Carlos Castaneda in the 70’s.


We took an exhibition to Cornwall, to the delightful village of Altarnun.
In a skip/dumpster outside the ancient church I found the curved wooden drawer, still labelled 'Collars'.
It took some mending, replacing of pieces of veneer, making handles from brass bullet casings, but it was too good to leave there.
And then, one of those moments of absolute joy, Antony the trainee vicar was clearing St Nonna's Holy Well, and found the little glass heart in the mud at the bottom. He was kind enough to give it to me.
I am the luckiest person in the world.

Dale's studio can be found at Puniho,
Surf Highway, Coastal Taranaki, New Zealand

More of her artwork, and the books she makes, can be found on her site at dalecopeland.co.nz.
email Dale at dale @ tart.co.nz (remove the spaces)


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