Party Girl

  • Party Girl
  • Party Girl
  • Party Girl
  • Party Girl

Dale Copeland
‘Party Girl’
Mixed media assemblage: Plastic 'helicopter' doll, turkey claw, false teeth, eyeglass and watch. In wooden wine box.
Made for the UN-WINE-D exhibition at Pataka Gallery, Porirua, New Zealand
100 x 320 x 100mm

“Party hard, try to forget your future.
A friend found the doll on a beach, with seaweed twined amongst the glittery hair.
I loved the fixed (and slightly desperate) smile.”

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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