DRAWN IN BOOKS

AMY BASSIN

Statement

With all the political, social, and racial unrest currently creating great divisiveness in the United States, I fear this country is heading to another Civil War.  For the past few months leading up to the 2020 Presidential election, I started drawing in books about the Civil War, as well as books on contemporary culture. As a metaphor for my prayers for democracy, I use only the color blue to reflect the color of the Union Soldiers' uniforms and the color of today's democratic party.

Bio

Amy Bassin is an artist from New York City whose works seek to raise awareness about social injustice against women, children and a free press.  Exhibition credits include, Tussle ProjectsSuffrage and Struggle at Salve Regina University,  The 1st Feminnale of Contemporary Art at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Kyrgyzstan; the annual Art Book Fair in Antwerp, Belgium; the NYC Poetry Festival on Governor’s Island, NY; Bronx Art Space, NY and the Ray Gallery, NY. Her work has been published in  WordPower: Language as Medium  (London),  The Columbia Journal of Literature and Art,  The Penn Review, as well as in the New York independent presses Great Weather For Media Press, Three Rooms Press annual international Dada anthologies,  Maintenant (Issues  9-13), Mad Gleam Press and her text-based art collaboration with writer Mark Blickley,  Dream Streams, was published by Clair Songbirds Publishing House. Her videos will represent the United States in the 2020 year-long world tour of  Time Is Love and toured internationally as part of the Seattle based Exquisite Corpse film,  The Space Between Cities. She is a recent residency recipient at Vermont Studio Center and co-founder of the international artists' collective,  Urban Dialogues, which participated in a residency and exhibitions, in Lisbon, Portugal, and Belgium.   For more information: www.amybassin.com