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Title

Mosaic

1976


Artist

Rosalie Gascoigne

New Zealand, Australia

25 Jan 1917 - 23 Oct 1999


About

'Mosaic' was shown in the artists's solo exhibition held at Gallery A in Sydney, from which two other works in the Gallery's collection,'The crop I' and 'Enamel ware', were also exhibited, and which emphatically brought her assemblages to the attention of the Australian art world.

'Mosaic' draws upon the tradition of medieval icons and shrines, using fractured decorative chinaware and carefully selected images of the Madonna and other Christian figures, to create a gem-like construction which is a modern play on early Christian mosaics such as those at Ravenna. In this sense 'Mosaic' joins a number of early Gascoigne assemblages with similar 'art-historical' themes, as well as prefiguring the artist's slightly later landscape-oriented box constructions.

Whilst a very early work in both conception and construction 'Mosaic' nonetheless also holds that almost universal appeal which Gascoigne's work commands from viewers ever responsive to the extraordinary allusive power of her assemblages.

Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2001


Details


Date

1976


Media category

Mixed media


Materials used

fragments of decorated china, tins, timber, printed art reproductions on board


Dimensions

83.3 x 51.0 x 2.5 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Marie Sexton in memory of Clare and Nano Kinsella 2001


Location

Not on display


Accession number

459.2001


Artist information

Rosalie Gascoigne

Works in the collection

9


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Janine Burke, Field of vision. A decade of change: women's art in the seventies, 'Rosalie Gascoigne', pg. 35-36, Ringwood, 1990, 36 (illus.).

Robert Lindsay, Survey 2: Rosalie Gascoigne, Melbourne, 1978, (illus.). not paginated; cat.no. 3

Vici Macdonald, Rosalie Gascoigne, Sydney, 1998, 106. included in list of solo exhibitions under 1976 exhibition 'Rosalie Gascoigne - Assemblages', Gallery A, Sydney