Elizabeth Rooney's prints often express her strong views on urban and rural conservation issues. The development of Sydney is a recurring theme in her work, as is 'revisiting' a site to show the changes wrought upon it over a period of time. Subsequent states of an image, through re-working the etching plate, is also a common feature of her prints, which reveal further changes in her subjects; Rooney has documented the changing cityscapes of Sydney and Newcastle over the last thirty years, leaving a poignant and often humorous record of lost or threatened landmarks.
Australian Art Department, AGSNW, 2000
etching, printed in black ink with plate tone on white wove paper
artist's proof 1
21.9 x 37.6 cm platemark; 41.0 x 54.2 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. in pencil 'Elizabeth Rooney 1980-81'
Gift of Akky van Ogtrop and the 5th International Works on Paper Fair 1995
Not on display
© Estate of Elizabeth Rooney
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Australian prints from the Gallery's collection (1998-1999), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 1998–07 Feb 1999
Metropolis, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, 18 Dec 1999–02 Apr 2000
Referenced in 4 publications
Peter Emmett, Sydney: metropolis, suburb, harbour, 'Metropolis', pg. 13-70, Glebe, 2000, 65 (illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Australian Prints from the Collection 139 of the best', pg. 26-27, Heidelberg, Nov 1998, 27 (illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 120 (illus.). cat.no. 101
Unknown, Metropolis, Glebe, 1999, [illus.]. Exhibition guide, brochure format.