This Way: Emilie Gossiaux
May 12, 2021
This program initiates “This Way,” a series of artist-designed walks and experiences that can be done anytime, anywhere. Every two weeks throughout the summer, MIT List Visual Art Center will release a new artist-led experience. Each program consists of an audio file, and a PDF text. You are welcome to choose either to engage with—they will often be the same content, and are designed to offer different but comparable entry points, depending on whether you prefer to read or listen as you begin your experience or walk. An audio transcript can also be found below, and the PDF is screen-reader enabled.
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About the Artist
Emilie Gossiaux is a multi-disciplinary artist working in New York City. She received her BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art in 2014, and her MFA from Yale University in Sculpture in 2019. Since losing her vision in 2010, Gossiaux’s altered experience of the world has seen her practice grow—finding inspiration in dreams, memories, sensuality, and non-visual sensory perceptions. Relying solely on her sense of touch and proprioception, she demonstrates a profound sensitivity towards texture, space, and material. Alongside her studio practice, Gossiaux works as a museum educator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art with Access and Community programs. She co-teaches a studio class for blind and visually impaired visitors in the Met’s Seeing Through Drawing program and has led gallery tours for general audiences exploring cross-sensory themes with the museum’s permanent collection.
Gossiaux’s work has been featured in numerous shows at The Shed, New York; Mother Gallery Beacon, New York; SculptureCenter, New York; False Flag Gallery, New York; The Cooper Hewitt, New York; Pippy Houldsworth, London; and The Smithsonian Institute of Art, Washington, DC; among others. She has won 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, and attended the Dumfries House Residency in Scotland, selected by the Royal Drawing School, in 2018.