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Rosalie Gascoigne

New Zealand, Australia

25 Jan 1917 – 23 Oct 1999

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  • Details

    Media category
    Mixed media
    Materials used
    fragments of decorated china, tins, timber, printed art reproductions on board
    83.3 x 51.0 x 2.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of Marie Sexton in memory of Clare and Nano Kinsella 2001
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Rosalie Gascoigne/Copyright Agency

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    Rosalie Gascoigne

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    Works in the collection


  • 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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

Other works by Rosalie Gascoigne

See all 9 works