Searching for a New Normal
2022 Members Exhibition



Aileen Bassis

Aileen Bassis is an artist and poet. Her work on paper includes book arts, installation, printmaking, photography and painting. She received a B.A. in Studio Art from SUNY at Binghamton and a M.A. in Creative Art from Hunter College. Her artist books public collections including Yale, Temple, Swarthmore.


I began working about gun violence several months ago. Mass shootings keep happening in this country. This is a double-sided accordion and I've included the names of cities where mass shootings have occurred and the list keeps going on. It was not always like this. I'm a grandmother and I did not worry about my children being slaughtered at school. My grandsons have already had a lockdown experience because of an active shooter in their neighborhood. Tragically, guns seem to have become the "new normal" in America. This is a 9 page double-sided accordion of inkjet prints with mixed media, joined by knotted thread.

Guns by Aileen Bassis
Closed 9 x 9"
Inkjet prints, acrylic paint, ink, pencil, thread