Cindy Sherman & Peter Philips

 

‘Do you find beauty in horror?’

Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director of Christian Dior Make-up, meets The Queen of Art-Gore, Cindy Sherman.

By Jerry Stafford
Photographs by Nikolas Koenig

 

Cindy Sherman’s studio, Greenwich Street, New York City.

An early Cindy Sherman contact sheet, featuring the artist’s first recorded attempt at transformation through make-up.

Cindy Sherman’s studio, Greenwich Street, New York City.

Peter Philips’ first lip brush and one of his first eyeshadow palettes, the Dior 5 Couleurs palette.

Cindy Sherman’s studio, Greenwich Street, New York City.

Pages from Peter Philips’ personal scrapbooks

Cindy Sherman’s studio, Greenwich Street, New York City.

Pages from Peter Philips’ personal scrapbooks


 
Using costumes and make-up to transform her identity, abstracting the image to such an extent that the human ‘subject’ is completely effaced, artist Cindy Sherman, is perhaps one of the most recognised names in the art world – and yet one of the least recognised faces.

With make-up as one of her primary tools, Sherman’s oeuvre is not dissimilar to the practice of make-up artist, and Creative Director of Christian Dior cosmetics, Peter Philips. System brought the two together to discuss their work, and transformative power of their preferred media.

Read the full interview in our archive.

13/02/17

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