Denise Copland: Implantations

7 November – 3 December 1991

 

During November, the McDougall Art Annex presents an installation of twenty-three new works by local printmaker Denise Copland.

In this exhibition, Copland explores the relationship between human beings and trees, a concern which has been prevalent in her work since 1986. She is interested in the contrasts and similarities of growth and structure of people and trees, and in their efforts on one another. This exploration ranges through time, chronicling the changes wrought in New Zealand's forestry by human beings.

Copland states:

"The intention is not to dwell or rely solely on a conservation point of view. Instead my intention is to try to recapture my basic sensations and instinct. I attempt to relate and experience, to reveal some of the hidden mystery and atmosphere present in two distinctly different but related environments – the indigenous forest and the exotic plantation."

Copland will exhibit large-scale intaglio and relief prints, which depict native and introduced forests and wildlife. Denise Copland has exhibited prints throughout New Zealand, and has had works included in many international group exhibitions. She has held many tutoring and lecturing positions in drawing and printmaking, and was the Artist in Residence at the Otago Polytechnic School of Art in 1985. She is widely regarded as one of New Zealand's leading printmakers.

('Denise Copland – Implantations', Bulletin, No.76, September/October 1991, p.3)

This exhibition was held at the McDougall Art Annex in the Arts Centre.