Thursday, Nov. 19
Art Walk Edmonds Preview
Zinc Art + Interior
102 3rd Ave. S.
Who’s showing at Zinc Art + Interiors at this month’s Art Walk Edmonds?
It’s Lydia Bassis, Seattle-based abstract artist that we are cozying up to as Edmonds-area art lovers grab their umbrellas and bundle up to enjoy the holiday sparkle of downtown galleries.
Music will be playing in the background, and a buzz over the artist’s work will ramp up the energy at Zinc, where Lydia will greet visitors and show pieces from her current artistic series “Swamp/Tantra” and “Passages.”
Lydia describes her work this way: “All of my work stems from the same place-drawing/painting things that can’t be described with words. Swamp/Tantra is about finding calm in the mess. Tantra refers to Indian meditational images and swamp refers to a dense murkiness. Passages is about passage of time, movement, rhythm and breath.”
Lydia distinguishes herself with the cache of her clientele. Two pieces adorn Naomi Watt’s vacation home in the Hamptons. She has been featured in many publications, including “Apartment Therapy,” “New American Paintings” and “Uprise Art Journal.”
Although she received her advanced degree from Rutgers University, Lydia stayed local for her undergraduate degrees, which were earned from the University of Washington in 2003 (BA Art History and BFA Printmaking). In 2013 she won the Arts Projects Award, 4Culture along with many residencies, grant and fellowship awards.
How did Lydia’s work come to be placed in Zinc Art + Interiors? “It was basically me up in the middle of the night looking at artwork and trying to figure out what would be the best mix to show at Zinc,” gallery owner Laura Zeck explains to Artfully Edmonds.
“I am drawn to the simplicity, the elegance and the mystery of the symbolism in her work. It is lovely! I called her and we scheduled a meeting.”
In reviews of her work, it is said that Lydia “achieves harmony between playful weightless shapes and structured forms creating work that is fluid, bold, and balanced.”
After a preview of “Swamp/Tantra” and “Passages,” Artfully Edmonds just says, “Spectacular energy!”
Zinc will be showing Lydia’s work through Dec. 14.
— By Emily Hill