Threads Through Time-Pinky/ M.M. Bass

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Transparencies, 2019                 Pregnancy Negative, 2020
Archival pigment print, thread                  Image transfer, fabric, thread, hoop
On loan from the artist                                 On loan from the artist

 

Documentation, 2018                Full Body, 2020
Archival pigment print, thread                  Image transfer, fabric, thread, hoop
On loan from the artist                                 On loan from the artist

 

Anomalies, 2018                         Radiance, 2020
Archival pigment print, thread                  Image transfer, fabric, thread, hoop
On loan from the artist                                 On loan from the artist

 

Mutant Cells, 2019
Archival pigment print, thread
On loan from the artist

 

Pinky/MM Bass is an Alabama photographer and embroiderer. After divorcing her husband and serving as a missionary in Mexico, Pinky decided to make a major change in her life. At the age of 50, she enrolled in Georgia State University and began work on an MFA in drawing and painting, but it was a photography class where she truly found her calling with a pinhole camera. Pinky found working with a pinhole camera more liberating since it required less control. Graduating in 1988, Pinky worked for the Alabama Arts Council traveling around the state in Pinky’s Portable Pop-Up Pinhole Camera and Darkroom, providing educational experiences and demonstrations.

Pinky’s pinhole photographs have a moody, ethereal quality and speak of aging, death, and faith. She found herself always manipulating the print, searching for another layer to add to the image.

Her work would change again when her sister was diagnosed with cancer. This event brought Pinky’s focus to anatomy and the workings of the body, an interest she already possessed, but took on a new, more personal meaning. Pinky began embroidering anatomy on her photographs of nude bodies. The works are an intricate look inside the body, usually her’s, highlighting different bodily systems in brightly colored thread. Bones, organs and even disease bring the viewer face to face with an internal view of Pinky’s body, which becomes a reflection of our own.

Pinky’s work can be found in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, and the High Museum in Atlanta. Her work has been published in Aperture, The Polaroid Book, the Book of Alternative Photographic Processes and the Pinhole Journal

For more on Pinky, visit her website: http://pinkymmbass.blogspot.com

About Carolyn DeMerritt

DeMerritt is a self-taught photographer and videographer from North Carolina. Her work can be found in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC; the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, NC; and the Bank of America collection. Her collaboration with Pinky M.M. Bass has resulted in stunning portraits of aging and health.