Aileen Bassis
Medium: Mixed Media

Studio Location:
10-10 44th Avenue - Studio# 435

Phone: 2013152453

Email: aileenbassis@gmail.com

Website:: http://www.aileenbassis.com

Artist Bio:
Aileen Bassis was born in New York City. She creates work in book arts, installation, printmaking and photography. She received a B.A. in Studio Art from Binghamton University and a M.A. in Creative Art from Hunter College. She received a project grant and a Su Casa residency grant from the Queens Council for the Arts, a Fellowship in Photography from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Dodge Foundation Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, a Fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center and two grants from the Puffin Foundation. She is also a published poet and awarded two artist residencies in poetry to the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

She has exhibited her work in one person shows at Rutgers University, Newark, University of Pennsylvania, College of St. Elizabeth in NJ, Moravian College, PA, Seigfred Gallery at Ohio University, and in NYC at the Ceres Project Room, Chashama 266, and Gallery 402. She has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions across the United States. Her artists books are in many public collections including Yale,Wellesley College, Tufts University, Rhode Island School of Design, King St. Stephen Museum in Hungary. Her prints are in the collections of the New York Public Library, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, and the Nelimarkka Museum in Finland.

Artist Statement:
My art practice is content driven, by this I mean that there are particular areas such as social histories, the Holocaust, issues of identity, immigration, income inequality, racial disparities, etc, that I feel compelled to explore through making art. My process begins with a subject and the forms of my work can vary, but is usually some kind of work on paper.

My work is usually based in photography, and I use my photos to make transfer prints, lithographs, etchings and artists books (both unique and small editions). The images are often rather banal and ordinary, but the organization, the combination of images, inclusion of text or additional art media serves to give a more pointed and polemical interpretation. I'm interested in making the viewer reflect and respond to the world around them.




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