Licking Kirby’s Arm Every Morning
This drawing was created using a ballpoint pen on newsprint, which leaves an indentation as it marks the page. The artist then fills in her contours using waxy crayons—the artist's background in sculpture provides the basis for the sensual and tactile component in all her works. Gossiaux became blind while she was a student at Cooper Union, and now either draws from memory or observes her subjects through touch. The artist often relies on Crayola’s evocative color names like Almond and Piggy Pink; sometimes, she renames the colors to remember them better. This fantastical work depicts the artist's guide dog London, a yellow Labrador retriever, licking the arm of Gossiaux’s partner, Kirby.
For Gossiaux, her works are representative of the experiences she now has of vision—through dreams, memories and verbal descriptions. The aritst creates works based on internal imagery—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. Through this process, Gossiaux builds emotionally- and psychologically-resonant spaces that are uncanny, humorous, intimate and sincere.
In the artist’s most recent drawings of herself and her guide dog, London, she playfully depicts the deeply personal and symbiotic bond she shares with her non-human companion. Gossiaux describes her relationship with London as being interdependent and transcending the traditional binary between pet and owner—criss-crossing between maternal, spousal, emotional and practical. This work disrupts the hierarchy between humans and non-human species and invites viewers to consider their relationships to the animals around them.
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.
This drawing depicts the artist's guide dog London, reflecting the deeply personal and symbiotic bond she shares with her non-human companion. This composition portrays a relationship that transcends the traditional binary between pet and owner—disrupting the hierarchy between humans and non-human species.More
- Framed: 20.5 x 26.0 x 1.2 in.