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Pinky/MM Bass of Fairhope, AL received her Bachelor of the Arts from Agnes Scott College in 1958 and her Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Georgia State University in 1988. She has worked as a free-lance artist since that time. Bass lived in Mexico City for many years and organized many collaborative artists’ projects while there. Bass’s awards include an Alabama Artist Fellowship and a Southern Arts Federation/NEA grant. Her work is housed in a number of public collections and museums including the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Among publications in which her work is featured are The Polaroid Book, Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, and Pinhole Photography.

Bass is best known for her black and white pinhole and Polaroid images, capitalizing on the mistakes and peculiarities that occur with each of these processes. The human figure has been her primary focus. Bass began stitching internal organs on the photographic image of her naked body after her cancer-stricken sister moved back to Fairhope. These intimate works were included in the 2008 Halsey group exhibition MEND: Love, Life, & Loss. The artist is currently working with music created by the shapes and images of body cells made using the Teneriffe lace process.

Pinky Bass
SANA, 2008
13.5 x 12 inches
Archival Pigment Print from a 665 Polaroid Negative

The subject of this image is the artist Sana Musasana. When teaching at Penland School of Crafts, Musasana saw some of Bass’s figurative work and asked if she would make a photograph of her body. Musasana, a highly respected ceramic and mixed media artist living in New York, got together with Bass and Carolyn DeMeritt, photographer from Charlotte, NC and printer of this digital image of Musasana from a scanned Polaroid negative. The three women spent a morning together to create this evocative image.