About the Work

SANA, 2008
13 1/2 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.


  • Colin Quashie – Charleston, SC
  • David Boatwright – Charleston, SC
  • Don ZanFagna – Mount Pleasant, SC
  • Eames Demetrios – Los Angeles, CA
  • Erica Harris – Brooklyn, NY
  • Fahamu Pecou – Atlanta, GA
  • Geoffrey Cormier – James Island, SC with Michelle Van Parys, Charleston SC
  • Hamid Rahmanian – Brooklyn, NY
  • Heather McClintock – Boone, NC
  • Jiha Moon – Atlanta, GA
  • John McWilliams – McClellanville, SC
  • John McWilliams – McClellanville, SC
  • Joseph Burwell – Brooklyn, NY
  • Kathleen Robbins – Columbia, SC
  • Kendall Messick – New York
  • Leslie Wayne – New York City, NY
  • Martha Strawn – High Springs, FL
  • Motoi Yamamoto – Kanazawa, Japan
  • Nancy Marshall – McClellanville, SC
  • Pedro Lobo – Évora, Portugal
  • Phyllis Galembo – New York City, NY
  • Pinky Bass – Fairhope, AL
  • Renee Stout – Washington, DC
  • Renée Stout – Washington, DC
  • Rimma Gerlovina and Valeriy Gerlovin – New York, NY
  • Ruth Marten – New York, NY
  • Ruth Marten – NY, NY
  • Tanja Softic´ – Richmond, VA
  • Tom Stanley – Rock Hill, SC
  • Pinky Bass – Fairhope, AL

    Pinky/MM Bass of Fairhope, AL received her BA from Agnes Scott College in 1958 and her MFA 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.



    Each year we offer a new set of limited edition prints available exclusively to our members at the Postmodernist level and up. Artists who have been a part of the Halsey Institute’s programming have specially created these prints for us. Beginning at the POSTMODERNIST level ($350), you may choose from one of the prints we have available. Many of the prints are featured on the walls of our hall of Patron Prints located on the first floor of The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts, just down the hall of the Halsey Institute.  Gradually, you can build your art collection while supporting adventurous contemporary art in Charleston! For more information, please contact Tatjana Beylotte at beylottetf@cofc.edu or 843-953-5652.


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