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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

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

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