Many of Rosalie Gascoigne’s artworks are centred on her surroundings and the experiences and emotions associated with them. She often uses materials (eg. Drink crates, road signs, wood, iron) that have been worn down naturally by the environment, to emphasise the age of the particular site which the artwork is representing, thus showing the vast amount of memories and experiences occurring there. This is also used to illustrate the effects of time and the process of change.
The representation of Rosalie Gascoigne’s surroundings can be seen through many of her artworks, which are made using worn and faded materials, for example Regimental Colours, Unknown, Never Never, Poplars, Hollyhocks, Habitation. The colours, tones and general look of these artworks are reminiscent of where Rosalie Gascoigne resided during her art making process, the Australian bush. Artworks including Maze and A Piece to Walk Around also show the Australian setting but are overhead views of the land.
Parrot Country and Reading Left To Right show the effects of the environment, time and the change induced. In Parrot Country, the four panels of wood resemble parrot wings. The disintegration and fading of the coloured wood demonstrates the theme of change in relation to time. In Reading Right To Left, the stripes of wood are disappearing from the right to the left side but the title suggests that the artwork should be viewed from the left to right. This could be symbolic of the idea - ‘running out of time’ and may show that during the years bordering and during the making of this artwork, Rosalie may have been in this disposition. (She was 64?)
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