Archetypes of Choice

  • Archetypes of Choice

Dale Copeland
‘Archetypes of Choice - a generalisation. Choose your hero, your role model, your view of self, your future’
295 x 210 mm

“For women .... it's a wide choice between the ideal, the idol, the virgin purity, and the commercial beauty, the sensually appealing, the short-lived commercial ideal.

For men the further extremes. From the lascivious grabbing lecher to the hardworking husband, weight of the world, the family, the mortgage, all on his shoulders.

The curved box was the lid of a treasure chest given to me by a friend. A real treasure. Difficult to make the rectangular box underneath the right shape to support the curve.”

Dale Copeland describes herself as a mathematician-turned-artist. The one time head of a college maths and physics department and freelance computer programmer, Copeland, at the age of forty-three opted for a new lifestyle devoted to art and motherhood. She is now a 6th Dan black belt in Taekwon-Do and is still training regularly. Dale has often been referred to as the back bone of the Taranaki arts community, she is currently the driving force behind the artist collective called Virtual TART which shows their work online through the Virtual TART site In 2012 Dale was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arts. Dale lives at Puniho with painter Paul Hutchinson.


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