Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Private collection, The Netherlands since 1994
'Rosalie Gascoigne', Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery,
Sydney, 6 - 30 April 1994, cat.no.10
"I always try not to make pictures. I think that's a cop out. I remember Bruce Pollard... said 'your show is about feeling, it's not about seeing, it's about the way it feels' and there's a lot of difference in that. If you start saying well there's a thing over there and there's a hill here, well you've lost the essence." - Rosalie Gascoigne
Rosalie Gascoigne was an artist who was passionate about poetry, landscape and modern art, and her sophisticated wall work 'Plain View 2' (1994) seems to encapsulate this. With her signature use of materials gathered from her outdoors, Gascoigne has assembled pieces of timber and masonite into an elegant composition: part painting, part sculpture. The pieces of found material that quarter the work may be identical in size and shape, but each is utterly unique in its colour, grain and alluring texture, and tells of its own lived history. In 'Plain View 2' we see a collusion between the assemblage of collected detritus and the formalism of hard edge abstraction. The hard edges of Gascoigne's grid gives way to the muted palette of the panels, and the overall subtlety and sparseness of the work conjures the essence and experience of the Australian landscape.
Image courtesy of the artist's estate and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery