Bastienne Schmidt was born in Germany, raised in Greece and Italy, and has lived in New York for the last 20 years, currently near the ocean at the end of Long Island. Her art work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the International Center of Photography, the Brooklyn Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Biblioteque Nationale, and she has had work in 50 International exhibitions, in addition to publishing four monographs: Vivir La Muerte; American Dreams; ShadowHome; and Home Stills. Shadowhome won the best Photo Book Award in Germany in 2005. (LensScratch)
About The Home Stills Series
Schmidt wanders, metaphorically or on foot, in and out of a womanʼs life and imagination. At home and not-home, amid order and disorder, roaming and staying put, hiding out in plain sight, she builds narratives where multiple meanings glimmer below the surface and ambiguities ﬁll the frame.
Photographed mostly out in the Hamptons and on Long Island, Schmidt recalls the work of Cindy Sherman and draws on such diverse visual inﬂuences as the ﬁlms of Wim Wenders and the paintings and prints of Hokusai, Sigmar Polke, Jan Vermeer and Edward Hopper, to portray the irony of the social contract in a world of suburban wonders.