Originally trained as a printmaker, Bassis’ paintings tell stories using an invented language of symbols. She uses these symbols working intuitively and improvisationally to explore unseen energies revealing and unraveling tales that cannot be communicated in words. These symbols represent ideas, thoughts, and experiences deeply personal to Bassis; they appear to hover mysteriously and yet harmoniously within quiet contemplative backdrops.
Lydia’s work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and is held in many private and public collections. She is a recipient of numerous awards including a grant from 4 Culture, a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship, 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 MidAtlantic issue of New American Paintings.