This drawing depicts the artist's guide dog London, a yellow Labrador retriever. The artist created this work by making a blind contour drawing on newsprint with a ballpoint pen. Following the indentations left by the pen, the artist then fills in the contours using waxy crayons. Gossiaux has become blind since her days as an art student and now relies on Crayola’s evocative color names like 'Almond' and 'Piggy Pink' to create her works—sometimes renaming the colors to remember them even better. Gossiaux either draws from memory or observes her subjects by touch. Ranging from mundane to fantastical, the resulting compositions are all ripe with the artist’s signature style: a silly sort of sweetness.
Emilie L. Gossiaux’s multidisciplinary works are created using various methods the artist employs to experience vision—such as through dreams, memories and verbal descriptions. The artist uses internal imagery to create her tactile compositions, relying on her sense of touch as a substitute for sight to recall the shape and scale of a person, place or thing in relation to her body. Gossiaux creates emotionally- and psychologically-resonant spaces that are both uncanny and humorous, as well as intimate and sincere.
Emilie L. Gossiaux was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1989. The artist received an MFA from Yale University in Sculpture in New Haven, Connecticut in 2019, and a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City in 2014.
Solo exhibitions of Gossiaux’s work have taken place at Mother Gallery in Beacon, New York; and FALSE FLAG in New York City.
Group exhibitions that have shown Gossiaux’s work have taken place at: MoMA PS1 in New York City; Museum Für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany; Krannert At Museum in Champaign, Illinois; The Shed in New York City; SculptureCenter in New York City; Golestani in Dusseldorf, Germany; Julius Caesar in Chicago, Illinois; Shin Gallery in New York City; the Cooper Hewitt in New York City; Pippy Houldsworth in London, UK; and the Smithsonian Institute of Art in Washington, D.C.; among others.
Gossiaux is the recipient of several honors and awards, including: the John F. Kennedy Center’s VSA Prize for Excellence in 2013; the Elliot Lash Memorial Prize for Excellence in Sculpture in 2014; a Wynn Newhouse Award in 2018. Gossiaux was selected by the Royal Drawing School to attend the Dumfries House Residency in East Ayrshire, Scotland in 2018.
Gossiaux lives and works in New York City.
This drawing depicts the artist's guide dog London, a yellow Labrador retriever. The artist is blind and relies on Crayola’s evocative color names like 'Almond' and 'Piggy Pink' to create her works—sometimes renaming the colors to remember them even better.More
- Framed: 20.5 x 26.0 x 1.2 in.