On Your Way to the Drill Hall Gallery
Traveling from interstate an appreciation of the landscape which inspired the innovative Australian and Canberra artist Rosalie Gascoigne is a fascinating introduction to Canberra. Rosalie’s constructed artworks are derived from materials she has discovered in her expeditions of the Canberra countryside. For Rosalie, traveling through Canberra’s park lands were crucial to her art practice, as it represented an internal journey of self-discovery and expressed the experience of how art is made. Her art conveys the beauty of Canberra and helped to redefine the Australian landscape through the use of found materials to create a poetic vision of place.
In 2013 the children of ANU Professor Ben Gascoigne AO and Rosalie Gascoigne AM, gifted works from their art collection to The Australian National University. Their son, Martin Gascoigne, described his parents collection as a significant part of their life, with one painting being given to them as a wedding present and others being given in exchange for artworks made by Rosalie. Works in this collection include artists such as: Carl Plate, Georges Braque, Tony Tuckson, Peter Booth, Ken Whisson and Robert Klippel.
As a part of an appreciation of such an important family of the Canberra and ANU community, we invite visitors to the Drill Hall Gallery to tour the influential sites of Rosalie Gascoigne’s art. A map of these sites can be found here at the Gascoigne Map- Inspiring sites.
Rosalie Gascoigne Inspiring Sites:
Over a career of 25 years, Rosalie Gascoigne created works of art that came from a
practice she described as “emotion recollected in tranquility”. One of the most influential spots to her art practice was Lake George, located on the outskirts of Canberra. The inspiration of this lake can be seen in pieces such as Suddenly the Lake and Feathered Fence.
Suddenly the Lake (1995) uses plywood sheets, galvanized iron and Masonite board, all
pre-used items that were found around the site of Lake George, which Gascoigne has
manipulated in order to create the piece.This piece has a unique form of composition, in that it came about one day as she was moving the scavenged materials around on the floor of her studio. It came together as an elegant combination of brown boards on blue-grey
galvanized iron, which suddenly looked like earth on water and immediately struck her as Lake George.
Feathered Fence (1978-1979) came from materials found at Lake George and was created at a time when Gascoigne’s emphasis in her works was changing from ‘objects’ to ‘feelings’. In this piece, she uses her materials in an inventive way to create a trajectory through space. Conveying her intent on personal discovery in constructing and re-assembling materials to increase her knowledge on their distinctive properties.
Many of Gascoigne’s works are held in private collections, but some of her works also
feature at the National Gallery of Australia, New Parliament House, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and many others.