That the artist is both in and out of the painting is made metaphorical in her work Ink Wigs, an ink drawing of the corner of a room hung with wigs of various shades. Each wig implies a potential act of personal transformation, described in lively and energetic paint; and yet thereâ€™s an unmistakable air of being ignored, and the wigs become the heads of people passing us by. In The Audience, we see rows of glossy and conditioned womenâ€™s hairstyles facing towards a stage or screen that we canâ€™t see; Bassensâ€™ brush lingers on the feathery cascades of hair, but the mystery of the painting remains unsolved. The headsâ€™ positions imitate the act of looking at the painting itself, but unlike these curiously transfixed spectators, weâ€™re denied the exposition we crave.
Text by Ben street