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Rosalie Gascoigne

New Zealand, Australia

25 Jan 1917 - 23 Oct 1999


'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




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


Artist information

Rosalie Gascoigne

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 3 publications


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; 3

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