COPLAND Dee

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DENISE (DEE) COPLAND NEW ZEALAND.

(This C.V. is a summarised version)

Denise (Dee) Copland qualifications include a Diploma of Fine Arts with Honours in Printmaking, University of Canterbury from the School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, 1977 and a Certificate of Graphic Design, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, 1971.

She has been awarded several awards to include a prestigious Antarctic Arts Fellowship in 2001-2002 and has taken up several Artists-in-Residences since 1985. She lectured at the School of Fine Arts (1982-4), University of Canterbury, and was a Senior Lecturer at the School of Art & Design, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology until the end of 2006 and has lectured at several other Polytechnics and Summer schools throughout New Zealand. She is now a full time artist.

Dee has exhibited extensively in over 20 solo and 145 group exhibitions since 1977. She has, by invitation, exhibited work in the Eight International Artists, Orleanais, France (2007); 7th Triennale Mondial de L’estampe. Auvergne, France (2006), numerous other International Print Biennales in Europe and Asia. Her work has also been shown in-group exhibitions in Australia, Japan, USA and France.

She has collaborated with, and printed for a number of NZ artists to produce, in 1989, a limited edition boxed collection of prints titled 6 Artists – 6 Prints. She has completed a number of commissions. In 1985 she created The Intaglio Print – Chemically assisted processes, a limited edition hand printed educational book. Her work is held public and private collections in NZ and internationally. ‘…to bring into the light of day the voyages of discovery in the unconscious … what is seen….and experienced on the frontier between the inner and outer world’ – Max Ernst.

Artist Statement

Dee (Denise) Copland has long had an interest in human ecology and the geographic and maritime histories and climate change within, although not exclusively, the Southern Hemisphere. Through her work she explores historical and contemporary notions of survival, and questions the balances and tensions between nature, humanity and culture. The linkages, relationships and shifting boundaries between nature and humankind are considered.

Her work is based on allegory and contemplates the metaphorical boarder space – the fine line that exists between life/death, warmth/cold, success/failure and memory- is explored through her work. The concept underpinning the joint image, ‘…is very likely’, relates to the overloading of the Southern Hemisphere’s ocean’s carbon sink caused by raised levels of Co2 and acid rain in the earth’s atmosphere. This in turn is very likely to exert a profound and negative impact on all marine species and ecosystems.

Reason for involvement in the project. Christchurch ‘s (NZ) earthquake in 2011 and the even larger one in Sendai (Japan) the same year are reasons enough for me to want to participate in this exchange exhibition. What was, what is and what will be are common questions that connect the two areas and countries. For me participating in this exhibition is a way of honouring that connection.

* Bio Supplied by the artist.

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District: Canterbury

Represented by: Saffron Gallery of Art

Artwork type/s: Printmaking

Description: Her work is based on allegory and contemplates the metaphorical boarder space – the fine line that exists between life/death, warmth/cold, success/failure and memory- is explored through her work.

Education: Diploma of Fine Arts with Honours in Printmaking, University of Canterbury from the School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, 1977 and a Certificate of Graphic Design, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, 1971. 

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