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rosalie gascoigne: assemblage artist

Rosalie Gascoigne was a groundbreaking assemblage and junk artist from Auckland, New Zealand. During the many lonely years spent raising her three children in Australia, she entertained herself making natural assemblages, first via traditional flower arranging, later with the rigorous Japanese art form of Ikebana. Her work in this medium was outstanding, earning praise from Japanese master, and founder of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, Sofu Teshigahara. 

By the 1960's she began experimenting with scrap iron sculptures and later wooden boxed assemblages, all composed of materials she found while on scavenging expeditions near Canberra.

Quite an inspiration, her first serious exhibition was at Ann Lewis's Gallery A in Paddington, Sydney, in 1974, when Gascoigne was 57. She was an instant success, and only four years later there was a survey of her work at the National Gallery of Victoria.

A true salvage artist, her works were made primarily of found materials: wood, iron, wire, feathers, road signs, drinks crates & galvanised tin.Typology was a focus for her work, cutting up and rearranging the lettering into new abstract grids.

Gascoigne worked vigorously into her 80s, with help from an assistant--traveling through Europe and Asia for shows. The Met in New York owns one of her smaller pieces. Unfortunately for the art world, she died in Canberra in 1999.

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    isn’t she amazing in a perfectly perfect way. I just adore her work.

    Comment by kristin | 10.13.10

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