Monday, August 20, 2018

Inspiration from an Australian C20th Woman Artist

Inspiration from an amazing Australian C20th Woman Artist

Impressions made and Transcript extracts spoken by the artist!

Words alone cannot describe

Story by HappyMelbourne

Can an artist define her adopted country? I would like to present Rosalie Gascoigne (1917–1999), a New Zealand / Australian artist, who began a full on art career at the age of 57 years. Using assemblages of found objects taken from the landscape surrounding her country home, she clearly has the gift to connect with the hearts of her audience. I confess that last week I flew 3500 kms across Australia just to feel the intensity of her work. I could say that I love her perceptive, quirky humour, and that the work taps directly into the complex timeless poetry the Australian landscape; but words alone cannot describe the qualities of this remarkable artist.

Rosalie Gascoigne (1917-1999)

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(from) TAPE 3 (
Is this associated, this kind of personal freedom, associated in your mind with the Australian landscape...
Yes, it is. It's the width. It's the width and the rock under your feet and the high sky. And you're on your own a bit, you see. So you've got to - it's like I always say that an artist is like someone in the desert - metaphorical desert - and there's nothing there unless you put it there yourself. See it's all inside you, what you can put. And that's what art is. You're there in the desert, you can't draw, you can't paint, you can't do anything. You take the lot of you. Whatever you can't do, and all you're governed by is by what you want. You see, you've got to know what you want. 
Were you doing any arrangements of these that you showed other people?
I didn't ever show anybody. People came in to look. But they didn't understand mostly, the people that were there, why you liked something or why you didn't like something. And it takes decades to get yourself independent of other people's preferences. Especially if you're vulnerable like that. And I think I was plenty vulnerable. And it took you some time to sort out. And that's all you've got, you see. In the end, if you go for other people's appreciation, it passes and you change anyway. So you have to go for your own, whatever you like. And that's what makes you different in the end, because everybody is born different. They conform very quickly, to - for self-defense I think. I think they do.

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