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mixed media assemblage
by Dale Copeland, 2003
44 X 21 X 26cm, 17" X 8" X 10"

In an old Singer sewing machine cover, the stuffed bird sings on a leaden tree.
The music at the back is a poem by Janet Frame, for high voice and twelve instrumentalists:
"In loss the trees bear stings, and flowers
carry pain as if it were honey.
The sun is cruel. The daylight does not
understand or why does it not bring
back the dead?

This assemblage toured New Zealand and Australia as part of the New Alchemists exhibition.
It is now in the collection of Puke Ariki in New Plymouth, New Zealand

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
email Dale at dale @ (remove the spaces)

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