Craig Copeland

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Constructs - Etruscan Hut Urns


Translucent Hut

Copeland received a Fulbright Fellowship in Rome, Italy to study Etruscan funerary hut urns through a process of drawing and sculpting, a project that proved vital in his development as an architect and artist.  Using a papier mâche technique – of wire mesh, vellum, and acrylic – he developed a series of translucent studies that explored the shapes and spaces of the urn forms relative to themselves and to the huts they represented. 


Translucent Acroteria


Translucent Amphora

Interest in Copeland's Fulbright work led to three separate solo drawing and sculpture shows: at the American Academy and the Swedish Institute in Rome (where he built a full-scale Hut-House Installation), and the Erector Square Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut.  Subsequently Copeland was named Excavation Architect (1997 - 1999) for the archeological dig at Poggio Civitate (Murlo) Siena – a rare Etruscan habitation site where during Copeland’s tenure was discovered, excavated and documented an archaic period drinking well.


Full-scale, Etruscan Hut-House Installation, Swedish Institute, Rome, 1997