Rosalie GASCOIGNE, Cow pasture Enlarge 1 /1


New Zealand 1917 – Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia 1999

  • Australia from 1943

Cow pasture 1992 Materials & Technique: sculptures, linoleum, painted corrugated iron on composition board, steel screws

Dimensions: 171.5 h x 137.4 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1993
Accession No: NGA 93.1476

Rosalie Gascoigne filled her studio with discarded objects and materials found on her excursions into the countryside, to local tips and junkyards. For Rosalie, there was an infinite potential for these things.

Her primary source of inspiration was the Australian landscape. Gascoigne surrounded herself with assemblages, observing them and gradually changing them until she felt they were right. She used unconventional tools — a hacksaw, hammer and screwdriver — to create her work.

Cow pasture uses linoleum, paint, corrugated iron, composition board and steel screws to create an image of nature. The work is described in Rosalie’s own words:

‘That was a very good piece of tin, I wrenched it off a cow byre. And that’s linoleum which I found. It looked like cow pasture — cow parsley and things. A bit of manure there too. If you go through cow paddocks watching where you tread, and there’s a lot of flowers around, that’s exactly what I see there.’ The materials, patterns and colours, are in harmony. The corrugated iron strip evokes the colours and ridges of the earth while the linoleum portrays a lush paddock in bloom.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra