CU@Lunch with Emilie Gossiaux A'14

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 12 - 2pm

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CU@Lunch with Emilie Gossiaux

CU @ Lunch with Emilie Gossiaux A'14

Tuesday, October 12
12:00 PM ET

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Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1989, Emilie Louise Gossiaux is an interdisciplinary artist who currently lives and works 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—she works with drawings, paintings, sculptures, and installations to represent the other methods in which she can experience vision, such as through dreams, memories, and verbal description. Creating works based on internal imagery, she relies solely on her sense of touch and proprioception to recall the shape and scale, or the weight and physicality of a person, place, or thing in relation to her body. Working through this process, Gossiaux builds emotionally and psychologically resonant objects, and spaces that are uncanny, humorous, intimate, and sincere. She considers how the placement of the objects, and the choreography of the viewers can forge a triangular relationship between the work, the audience and herself, in order to inspire an empathic response.

Gossiaux’s work has been featured at The Shed, SculptureCenter, Golestani, Julius Caesar, Shin Gallery, The Cooper Hewitt, Pippy Houldsworth, and The Smithsonian Institute of Art, among others. She was awarded The John F. Kennedy Center’s VSA Prize for Excellence, the Elliot Lash Memorial Prize for Excellence in Sculpture, and a Wynn Newhouse Award. Gossiaux has upcoming group exhibitions at the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, GER, the Krannert Art Museum in Champagne, IL, and her work is in MoMA PS1 Greater New York Show.

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  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

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  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.