Doing Time

  • Doing Time

Dale Copeland
‘Doing Time’
Assemblage of found objects in old clock body
180 x 170 x 70mm

“Doing Time. The young man, first time in prison, regretting, wishing there was a way back. Ode to Bad Company? ... the odd things you can find. A clothes label 'Bad Company' and, I think, part of a broken fridge magnet "Ode to ...."? It's the song the sad parents sing.”

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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