Artist has Deeper Connection with her Art after losing her Eyesight


You may have seen Emilie Gossiaux, she is a blind and deaf sculptor with an unbelievable personality and her story is even better, check it out what do you smell? What do you hear? What do you sense? When you look at this painting? A lemon peel. Yeah. A rolled up, perhaps, piece of paper This is how Emilie Gossiaux, leads discussions at New York’s metropolitan museum of Art When we look at it we see what looks like a luxurious banquet, the artist is saying, we also have to remember that it’s not permanent Emilie knows just how fleeting things can be the budding painter lost her sight when she was struck by a bus riding her bike in college that’s why now Emilie experiences and shares art, with a multi sensory approach Bri Clupo heads the Mets education program what’s interesting is that actually all our senses are interconnected in our brain it’s really for you to trust and interpret your own senses a lot of what I depend on is recalling colors and recalling shapes of objects and what things looks like Emilie’s work has shifted towards sculpture, and she invited to see some of her work in the studio this is where you feel the most yourself? Yeah this is where I feel like I can just forget about everything and work and be myself fellow artist Daniel Arsham has known Emilie since college before her accident and has followed her work as a mentor, providing her space to create you know, having her in the studio it allows, the rest of us to understand space in a different way, by watching her interact with, not only her own work, but the space in general Maybe what we should do is we should blind fold you while you work even doing this is interesting because you’re right I would completely use my vision otherwise, doing this is forcing me to feel it differently frankly, you know, experience it differently, I never would have noticed kind of the weight, or the depth, the texture alright so let’s see how I did, okay let me see oh wow! Did I do okay? This is really good! Okay and I’m going to take off my blind folk and see how I Of it’s not so bad! See how beautiful it is? What do you want people to think of you as an artist and do you even want them to know that you are not sighted? It doesn’t matter, if they know that I’m blind, of if they think that I have any other kind of disability that’s not what my art is about, I think being able to touch art or experience art or imagine art really I’m able to connect with it on a different level and understand it and think about it in a different way that I think is a lot more meaningful Emilie’s story and mindsets are so fascinating to me I think there’s something so powerful about not getting hit with just one challenge, you know, being born deaf but getting hit with a second one of losing her eyesight there’s something about learning how to not just master one area, but actually the challenge of learning to deal with challenges and I think there’s a lot of wisdom in what Emilie has to say and I’m really fascinated by her

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  1. I agree with you two. Emilie gave a graduation speech to her high school in 2012. In the speech she tells student about challenges in life. Here is how Em ended her speech, ""You never know what kind of challenges life will throw at you or where you'll end up, but you must never forget who you are, and you must always hold on to your dreams. My mobility instructor, when teaching me how to walk with a white cane, taught me how to maneuver around objects, such as newspaper stands, bus stops, or trees, when confronted with them. I also apply his advice to how we can handle the things life puts in our way. He told me, "We must walk through life like water in a stream. When the water hits a rock or a tree in its path, it doesn't stop; it gracefully moves around that object and finds its way back on track.” This is also my advice to you. Don't let life stop you from achieving your dreams; take it as a challenge, something from which you can only gain. You must remember there is no wrong or right way, and it doesn't matter how you get there. The only thing that matters is that you get there." Emilie Gossiaux address at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) graduation speech May 2012.

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