While she was studying painting and film at the State University at Buffalo, New York, Cindy Sherman lived above a gallery in an old foundry and ice factory where she had a studio. She would often dress up and take photographs of herself.
“I’d be in my studio making up a character and then go out in character to join the party. I’d have put in all this energy into the makeup and I’d think, Why waste it.”
After making the Film Stills, Sherman continued to focus on the human body—usually her own—in makeup and costumes; she also made color photographs of doll and mannequin parts and prosthetics. In more recent work, Sherman poses as women whom she has described as “very ordinary older women—the type you’d spot in a supermarket.”
“I was always glued to the television when I was a kid, and I loved movies.”
“I wanted to create something that people could relate to without having read a book about it beforehand. Something that would appeal to anybody at all.”