Conceptual photographer Cindy Sherman has been inserting herself into our culture since the 1970s – the renowned artist is famous for using make-up, costumes, and even prosthetics, to transform herself into all sorts of characters for her not-self-portrait self-portraits. And now, here she is again, inserting herself into your text messages.
Cindy Shermanicons features 20 different cropped Sherman mugs from the artist's self-portraits and films. Created by New York-by-way-of-Seoul, Korea, designer Hyo Hong, the site allows users to download the set to express themselves using one of Cindy Sherman's faces.
Here are a few in detail, with citations of the works they're from:
When asked about why she made the Cindy Sherman emoji, Hyo told Hyperallergic, “We don’t always want to convey that we’re blindly happy, crying with laughter or horizontally-lipped and nonplussed. Sometimes, we need something a little more subtle and nuanced from emoticons. So, I have come up with just the solution, in the form of the multifaceted Cindy Sherman-icon.”
Hong includes step-by-step instructions on how to use the Shermanicons. Sadly, since these are just images and aren't actual emoji in your keyboard, they have to be inserted like photos into your texts, and they're a lot bigger than actual emoticon/emoji. Still, they're pretty clever.