Infinite Grace: An Extended Portrait of Pinky/MM Bass


Pinky Bass is, first and foremost, my friend. I met the Alabama artist over 25 years ago, and throughout our long-distance friendship she has inspired me with her work and with her unyielding strength. In some ways, Pinky is easy to photograph; she loves being seen through someone else’s lens, and when the opportunity arises, she is an absolutely fearless subject. In other ways, she is impossible to photograph; how could I capture her complexity and convey the losses she’s endured? While reaching the twilight of life means losses are inevitable, hers have been especially cruel. In many of my photographs of her, there is certainly a sense of world-weariness that has taken its toll, that every crease on her face is well earned. However, Pinky’s singular fierceness of spirit always shines through. I’ve watched her age with infinite grace, and this extended portrait is a celebration of her inspiring perseverance.

Aura
2018
Blessing
2018
Headshake
2018
Hidden
2018
Shroud
2018
Covered
2018
Square Arms
2018
Side
2018
Black Lace
2018
Clock
2018
Skin
2018
Fran's Mask
2018
Body Folds
2018
Bent
2018
Shadow
2018
Shawl
2017
Tired
2017
Corset
2017
Mirror #2
2012
Mirror #1
2012
Head
2009
Looking Down, from the Clay Series
2009
Open Mouth, from the Clay Series
2009
Hip Replacement
2009
Scoliosis
2006
Thinning Pubic Hair Replacement
2006
Arms Up, from the Clay Series
2006
Pinky / Crown, from the Clay Series
2005
New Orleans Portrait
2004
Hands
2004
Half-hair
2001
Sisters, Fran and Pinky
2001
Diva
2001
Pinky Ball
2001
Nature's Veil
2001
Nature's Veil #2
2001
Wedding Dress
2001
Haircut (Grief)
1999
Pinky with Bird
1996
Mask
1993
Xandu
1993
Hair
1993
Contemplating Remarriage
1993
Covered Eye
1993