Artists' Practise, Fiona Hall and Rosalie Gascoigne;
"Canary Bird", 1996
retro reflective road sign on wood, 75 × 60cm
“Art doesn’t come from nowhere, it comes from a long line of human experience, and I like to think that I can pare things down to conform with a sort of classicism.” – Rosalie Gascoigne
Gascoigne believed that she could neither draw nor paint but rather assemble. Her artist practice, influenced by her previous profession of ikebana (flower arranging), is to select and arrange found industrial debris. The debris used within each of her works has been collected over large periods of time and each found object portrays a physical effect from the environment Gascoigne found it in. Without treating or altering the debris- except cutting it into fundamental shapes- rectangles and squares, Gascoigne structures her work tighly within a grid. Throughout her works she uses repetition and patterning to portray movement and rhythm. Within “canary Bird” Gascoigne uses a found “retro reflective road sign” and assembles it on wood using the above practice.
"Castles in the Air of the Cave-Dwellers", 2008
resin, 12 objects, various dimensions
Fiona Hall delves greatly into the scientific nature of animals, plants and humans and this reflects in her works. Many of her pieces have extensive research and a precise nature which steams from her scientific explorations to various parts of the world. Materials and ideas for “Castles in the Air of Cave-Dwellers” came from a 2007 trip to the Amazon basin which is rich in biological diversity. Plant and animal specimens provided the inspiration for this work. “Castles in the Air of Cave-Dwellers” is an installation of 12 larger than life sculptures of human brains which are tumorous with various hive constructions. These brains are made from resin and produced by setting the resin in brain shaped shells.
I commented on Arlene Binarto's blog here; http://arlenebinarto.blogspot.com/2009/03/blog-post_9624.html#comments