In 1990, she used images of herself as Madame de Pompadour, one of the chief mistresses of Louis XV of France, on limited porcelain dinner sets, tea services, and tureen sets. Sherman had her image transferred using a process requiring up to 16 photo silkscreens and four glaze firings. Some of the pieces are still available today.
Cindy Sherman's images always intrigue me - I decoupaged a few of them onto a bookshelf before I even discovered who she was. At this juncture in time, I am studying the history of prostitution. Though a large portion of filles de joie go unremembered or downplayed in their influence in history, some are well studied and documented. Madame de Pompador was quite an influential, and apparently fun loving, courtesan. One notable contribution she made was in development of the manufactory of Sèvres, a famous European porcelain manufacturer. Sherman did her research thoroughly and executed these sets phenomenally. The central imagery of the notable mistress is placed perfectly into the context of this delicate Rococo inspired serving set. Its beautiful and playful all at once.
On the albums she exhibits a lot of humor with her dark and witty, well researched lyrics and spoken word pieces infused with cello music. At her shows, which I have been lucky enough to see a few, she has jokes and witticisms prepared for the transitions from song to song. Her ability to take interest in the strange and relate it back to others in a pleasing visual and auditory manner has kept me coming back to see what she's been uncovering.