Self Portraits, Various

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mixed media assemblage
560 X 405 X 40 mm
by Dale Copeland, 1994

As it says, these are my ways of seeing myself. A gilded mask, no attempt at flattery, in spite of the medium.

Is that a halo? The canonisation of junk, if anything.

The texture is much worked on, with gold leaf and drops of lead solder spattered behind the glass. The blackboard at the back of the old oval frame is for my years of teaching. I told the students I wanted the formula e= -1 on my tombstone. There's a pure beauty in mathematics. The dead rat? It's me, too. Or will be, soon enough. And the spray of false finger nails - it took me 40 years to get over the self loathing and guilt induced by thin models and fat advertisers.


Dale's studio can be found on Surf Highway, Taranaki, New Zealand

More of her work can be seen on the Virtual TART site at http://virtual.tart.co.nz/Dale

email Dale at   dale @ tart.co.nz (remove the spaces)
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