The works in this gallery explore the uncanny, monstrous, and carnivalesque impulses that are expressed through fairy tales, black humor, clowns, and masks. Although the pictures do not correspond with specific stories, Sherman’s macabre fairy tale works from 1985 evoke the Brothers Grimm, Teutonic myths, folk legends, and fables, exemplified by gothic scenes such as Untitled #146. A later work, Untitled #296 (1994), equally theatrical and fantastical, may have been inspired by mimes or Kabuki theater. Sherman’s 2003–04 clown series includes figures in a range of emotional states, from hysterical passion to tragic pathos. She has created a cast of bizarre, wicked, disturbed, and even lustful players, opening the door to multiple layers of meaning and narrative: the surface facade, denoted by makeup and clothes, and an under layer expressed through gesture, pose, and styling.