An image of The crop I

Rosalie Gascoigne

(New Zealand, Australia 25 Jan 1917 – 23 Oct 1999)

The crop I

Other titles:
The crop [Gallery A Sydney, 1976]
Location
Not on display
Further information

‘The crop 1’ is a major work in Gascoigne’s output. It presents the viewer with hundreds of dried salsify heads that have been compressed, bound and arranged on an iron sheet. The sculpture is usually seen as symbolising Australian agriculture, evoking the partitioning and cultivation of the land. Its composition emphasises order and balance, recalling the structuring of Japanese brush fences and ikebana arrangements. Texture is also central to the work: the materials show traces of natural processes, the effects of time in their environment. The work highlights Gascoigne’s method of presenting judicious and inspired juxtapositions of found objects, the serendipity of her materials always conditioned by conceptual clarity.

Year
1976
Media
Sculpture
Medium
salsify heads, galvanised wire, galvanised iron
Dimensions
30.0 x 90.0 x 96.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1976
Accession number
237.1976
Copyright
© Rosalie Gascoigne. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney