Extra Credit: Inspiration from Contemporary Art

Throughout this semester, and even more so throughout my time in college, I have been trying to find new ways to explore my artistic style and process. By taking classes such as these, and visiting galleries I have been able to find new inspiration. There has been one artist who I have grown particularly fond of. In several of my classes I have become familiar with the work of Cindy Sherman. Cindy Sherman is a well-known American photographer who is most famous for her conceptual self-portraits, she takes on the style and personality of a variety of stereotypes and isn’t afraid to address gender or ethnicity. She has sought to raise questions about the role of women in present day society. She is one woman representing a variety of women. I believe by doing this, she begins to eliminate stereotypes, by showing how one can easily become someone different, someone who fits into that stereotype.







I also had the chance to see some of her work in person this semester, and it had me question just how much one can do in art, and how much someone can change their identity. For my final portfolio at CU, I have decided to take on Cindy Sherman as my inspiration. Since she so often addresses issues of identity, I thought it fitting to address my own identity with graduation just around the corner. I chose to address the ways I could have been alongside the way I will look this Friday when I graduate.

Cindy Sherman has been a great source of inspiration for me and I hope to continue with similar work and find ways to make it more characteristic of myself, rather than another artist. As a student who is trying to become an artist, I find value in using other contemporary artists as third-party mentors. Find work that you like, study general aesthetics, use what you’ve learned to create your own work, and find a way to make it your own. While my work mimics the style of Cindy Sherman, it has become mine in addressing my own image as a soon-to-be college graduate. I hope to continue studying her work and find ways to expand my own in a new direction.

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