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The crop I



Rosalie Gascoigne

New Zealand, Australia

25 Jan 1917 - 23 Oct 1999


‘The crop 1’ is a major work in Gascoigne’s output. It presents the viewer with hundreds of dried salsify heads that have been compressed, bound and arranged on an iron sheet. The sculpture is usually seen as symbolising Australian agriculture, evoking the partitioning and cultivation of the land. Its composition emphasises order and balance, recalling the structuring of Japanese brush fences and ikebana arrangements. Texture is also central to the work: the materials show traces of natural processes, the effects of time in their environment. The work highlights Gascoigne’s method of presenting judicious and inspired juxtapositions of found objects, the serendipity of her materials always conditioned by conceptual clarity.


Other Title

The crop [Gallery A Sydney, 1976]



Media category


Materials used

salsify heads, galvanised wire, galvanised iron


30.0 x 90.0 x 96.0 cm

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased 1976


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Rosalie Gascoigne

Works in the collection


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 12 publications


Deborah Clark, Rosalie Gascoigne, 'Standing on the mountain: the landscape impulse in Rosalie Gascoigne's art', pg. 29-33, Melbourne, 2008, 30.

Sharon Connolly (Producer) and Robin Hughes (Director), Australian biography: Rosalie Gascoigne, Lindfield, 1999. 'The crop' appears in a montage of several works by the artist.

Deborah Edwards, Rosalie Gascoigne - Material as Landscape, 'Material as Landscape', pg. 10-17, Sydney, 1997, 13, 16, 19 (colour illus.), 60. plate no. 1

Deborah Edwards, Look, 'Made from the Land', pg. 21-22, Melbourne, Oct 1999, 20 (colour illus.).

Deborah Edwards, Rosalie Gascoigne: Material as landscape - Education kit, Sydney, 1997, (illus.).

Hannah Fink, Gallery A Sydney 1964 - 1983, 'The Life of Things: Rosalie Gascoigne at Gallery A Sydney', pg. 147-163, Campbelltown, 2009, 153 (colour illus.),. Colour installation photograph on page 153 of Gascoigne's 'Assemblage' exhibition at Gallery A Sycney, 1976; List of works is reproduced on page 163.

Janet Hawley, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'A late developer', pg. 44, Sydney, 15 Nov 1997, 44. Article appears in 'Good Weekend' supplement

Marianne Hulsbosch (Editor), Cambridge visual arts: stage 4, Cambridge, 2008, 131 (colour illus.).

Robert Lindsay., Survey 2: Rosalie Gascoigne, 'Rosalie Gascoigne', Melbourne, 1978. 23

Vici Macdonald, Rosalie Gascoigne, Sydney, 1998, 17 (colour illus.), 29, 106, 110. figure no. 5

Vivienne Webb, State of the arts, 'Rosalie Gascoigne: Material as landscape', pg. 6, Sydney, Dec 1997-Mar 1998, 6 (illus.).

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Art Gallery of New South Wales - Jul-Dec 1997 Calendar, Sydney, Jul 1997-Dec 1997, (colour illus.).