Artist Donna Bassin is a clinical psychologist and an assistant professor at NYU’s postdoc program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She’s also an award-winning photographer and filmmaker whose art has been strongly influenced by her experiences working with survivors of Ground Zero and veterans of war. In fact, Donna is a co-founder and board member of Frontline Arts, a program that began as a way for veterans to share their experiences and connect.

State of the Arts featured Donna’s series Afterlife of Dolls during its exhibition at the Montclair Art Museum in 2004. She exhibits internationally, and received a 2021 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Photography.

As Donna puts it in her bio, her work as an artist is to explore “the creative edge of collective loss, grief, mourning, and transformation.”

Produced by Amber Edwards.