Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
auction, Christie’s, Melbourne, 27 November 2001, lot. 21
the above by the present owner
Rosalie Gascoigne, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, 15 April – 2 May 1992, cat. no. 40.
Vici Macdonald, Rosalie
Gascoigne, Regaro Pty Ltd, Sydney, 1998, p.106.
tessera), a Latin word, refers to a small block of stone, tile, glass or other material used in the creation of a mosaic. Tesserae W forms
part of a series of works of the same title, created between 1989–1991. Constructed using discarded soft-drink crates collected en-masse from the Schweppes depot in Queanbeyan in the early 1980s, Tesserae W was first shown at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney in
An impressive example of her use of Modernist strategies – ‘those of fragmentation, re-assemblage, repetition, tessellation and compression…’, Tesserae W encapsulates key aspects of Gascoigne’s artistic practice. Sawn and deliberately proportioned fragments are arranged into a grid, creating a rhythmic pattern that transcends the spatial and substantive limitations of the plane to evoke a sense of place. Expressing her preference for allusion over direct representation, a palette of red, yellow and white imbues this work with an energy and exuberance that echoes the infinite expansiveness of a sunset sky.
 Edwards, D., Rosalie Gascoigne: Material as Landscape, exhibition catalogue, 14 November 1997 – 11 January 1998, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1998, p.11.
Image courtesy of the Rosalie Gascoigne Estate and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney