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Stylized Standing Figures: Sculpture by Gosia

A sculpture of a standing figure with painted-on featuresBeneath the Waves, polymer gypsum

Gosia is a sculptor who was born in Poland and now lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. The artist’s works often take the form of highly stylized standing figures, created with simple, pale human forms embellished with moments of color and added materials to elevate them to a new conceptual level.


A sculpture of two standing figures with blue paintInto the Ocean, polymer gypsum


I really love how much Gosia is able to convey using fairly clean and minimalist visual techniques. One set of sculptures is colored a uniform white that fades into a deepening ocean blue as the viewer’s eye is drawn to the figures’ feet. Such a color technique implies an ominous sense of sinking – or, perhaps read backward, a triumphant rising above. In another sculpture, the surface of a figure’s face is coated in dripping latex, creating the impression that the figure is melting.


The impact of the sculptures lies partially in the nature of the figures. Mostly female, they are not supernaturally beautiful or perfectly proportioned. Viewers are able to see themselves in the soft, vaguely childlike features of these sculptural forms. 


A detail photo of a painted sculpture by GosiaDecay (detail), ceramic and paint

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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