Above, Beyond

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Above, Beyond
Assemblage of found objects
Buddhist carved figure, thermometer with floating glass bubbles
66 x 28 x 15 cm
Dale Copeland 2022

I've long admired those whose belief system or religion or long practice
leads them to serene contemplation in this busy world.

The column of floating bubbles is a beautiful thing, but needed to find a place.
More pernickety woodwork:
A column of three kitchy little drawers in a box, with figures of fishes set behind glass.
What do you DO with a thing like that, except wait until there's an assemblage that needs it?
Unless, of course, you use it to keep fishing lures in.
But a perfect size for the bubble thing.
I sawed the fronts off the drawers and pushed them to the back.
Sawed a curved bite out of the shelves.
Made the magic to hold a glass top without using glue.
But all a bit stark and empty.
The old turned wood spiral had been waiting for years, perfect when split.
And the back cut from a sheet of lovely wood, with, of course, a Buddhist sacred figure
which had been beautifully chiselled from extremely hard wood.
A challenge to put it all together securely, with none of the screws showing.

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 dalecopeland.co.nz.

to Dale at dale@tart.co.nz

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