AN EXTENDED PORTRAIT OF PINKY/MM BASS
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CURATED BY ALLEN BLEVINS
Carolyn DeMeritt explores the complexities of ageing in her photo essay of artist Pinky/MM Bass. Taken over 25 years, the intensely intimate portraits reflect the special bond between the artists.
The exhibition also includes works by Pinky Bass featuring interventions on Carolyn DeMeritt's photographs in the form of embroideries on the images made especially for the show.
"Pinky Bass is, first and foremost, my friend. I met Pinky over 25 years ago, and through our long distance friendship she has inspired me with her artwork and her unwavering strength. In some ways, Pinky is easy to photograph; she loves to be looked at through someone else's lens, and when the opportunity presents itself, she is an absolutely fearless character. In other ways, she is impossible to photograph; how could I capture her complexity and convey the losses she has suffered? While reaching the twilight of life means that losses are inevitable, hers have been especially cruel: she lost a close friend to a sudden aneurysm, a sister after a prolonged battle with cancer, a beloved son in a tragic car accident. In many of my photographs of her, there is certainly a sense of world-weariness that has taken its toll, that every crease in her face has been earned. Yet Pinky's singular fierceness shines through in her spirit. I have watched her age with infinite grace and this extended portrait is a celebration of her inspiring perseverance."
North Carolina, USA. She is a self-taught photographer and videographer who has worked at her craft for over 30 years living in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
He has participated in numerous solo exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally.
Her work is part of many museums, as well as corporate and private collections, including the National Museum of Women in the Art; the North Carolina Museum of Art; the Mint Museum of Art; and the Bank of America Collection.
Over the years, while focusing on developing his own visual narratives and photographic techniques, he has collaborated with other artists to raise public awareness of certain groups of people who live in the shadows, but whose strength and perseverance should be celebrated.
PINKY M BASS
She describes herself as a feminist and spiritualist. In 1988, at the age of 52, she completed a master's degree in fine art photography at Georgia State University.
Most widely recognised for her pinhole and polaroid photography, Pinky works across media.
His large-format images are made with experimental processes and deal with aspects of ageing, death and mythology around this transit.
Pinky's work is represented in numerous collections and museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, and the High Museum in Atlanta.
His photographs have been published in Aperture, The Polaroid Book, the Book of Alternative Photographic Processes and Pinhole Journal. He has had over 40 solo exhibitions and his work has been shown throughout the United States and the world.
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