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.
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. www.aileenbassis.com