Patrick Costello

A Apple Pie Anew
April 2020, felt, yarn, cardboard, sourdough, precious garbage.

“Working with Hollywood film stills as source material, Sherman use her body to both enact and critique American constructions of gender. This stop motion video begins with a recitation of "A Apple Pie,' a popular children's alphabet rhyme dating back to the 1700s, which continues to endure and adapt over successive generations.

I've worked with this cultural artifact much like Sherman has used a specific female archetype as a starting point for a new conversation. Both of us re-present an inherited script, and in with our bodies and still photography, rewrite it.”


Cindy Sherman

Untitled Film Still #3
1977, black and white photography, 8 x 10 inches.

"People assume that a self-portrait is narcissistic and you're trying to reveal something about yourself: fantasies or autobiographical information. In fact, none of my work is about me or my private life."
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Nadia Markiewicz

2019, digital photography, variable dimensions.

“I take on roles by dressing in party costumes - they simultaneously reveal and camouflage my disability. The characters are warriors or outcasts that give me a confidence boost. This image is me as the one-armed bandit. This gesture both embodies the search for a role model I was lacking as a child, and reflects certain stereotypes in popular culture that come to mind in the context of this specific disability. Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills laid the groundwork for the subversive treatment of stereotypes and showed us how we can use them on our own terms.”


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