Cindy Sherman Thoughts

Cindy Sherman is an American photographer born in New Jersey who uses herself as the subject of her work, dressing up as various female characters in order to question their role in society. I really enjoy the concept of her work, especially because it deals with women. However, I personally feel that some of the characters she portrays are all a mock on that type of person in society in a negative way, they hardly ever look realistic and even frightening at times.

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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. Continue reading

Cindy Sherman Extra Credit – Dasha Silva

Wow! I’ve always loved Cindy Sherman’s older work, but I had no idea that she is still so relevant today. I’m really drawn to works that involve unique make up, different hair styles, and lots of colors, so I’m glad that I got to see these photos. I still can’t get over how different she looks in all her pieces. Thanks for posting this!

Cindy Sherman for MAC Cosmetics (2011)

Since we have been discussing the photographic works of Cindy Sherman, I thought I would share this campaign photo to show how relevant Sherman still is today. In Fall 2011, Cindy Sherman posed for a MAC Cosmetics campaign advertisement, dolled up incognito with the company’s products. I found this really interesting because I  noticed this while walking around 29th St. Mall, in which Sherman’s portrait was blown-up and on window display. I chose to post this specific photograph because I think it’s a great example of showing how influential Cindy Sherman still is (since 1970s) and how mainstream she has become as a contemporary artist.

Sherman posed as three different individuals for the cosmetic campaign; a quite glamourous middle-aged woman, a serious-looking clown, and a jovial young lady.