Lydia Bassis SPRING 24 x 20" mixed media on panel

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"My recent series of paintings is titled Memory Veil. The paintings are not about specific memories, rather about how memories are stored in the mind and what the activity of remembering is like as an experience. Memories often waver between being crystal clear, veiled in a fog or layered clear parts with bits that feel far away and hard to grasp. Sometimes specific moments filter up and through to the top while others remain in the back of the mind, just out of view. I'm intrigued by how fragments of past experiences change as we remember them, and how the very act of repeatedly remembering something changes the initial experience, no matter how deeply embedded within." - Lydia Bassis

Lydia Bassis is an abstract painter living and working in Seattle, WA. She creates paintings that tell stories using an invented language of personal symbols. Her paintings have a dream-like quality and each one is about something specific; they are based on imaginary events, paused moments of interaction with places and things that can’t be seen, like energy.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and is held in many private and public collections. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a grant from 4Culture, a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship, and was an Artist in Residence at the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont and The Women's Studio Workshop in New York. She was a featured artist in the 2011 West Coast issue and the 2007 Mid-Atlantic issue of New American Paintings.

Lydia has an MFA from Rutgers University, a BFA in Printmaking and a BA in Art History from the University of Washington.

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