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Cindy Sherman based her photos off of horror films, and B-movie actresses. Sherman titles these portraits “Untitled” therefore the images lose reference to her as an individual.
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Cindy Sherman confused many individuals and while some thought she was taking these portraits to promote sex, she was really just trying to make a statement.
Cindy Sherman said, “I wonder how it is that I’m fooling so many people, I’m doing one of the most stupid things in the world…and people seem to be falling for it.”
Timeline of Cindy’s Images
Untitled A-E: 1975 (First Untitled Series)
Untitled Film Stills: 1977-88 (Famous Untitled Black and White Stills)
Rear-Screen Projections: 1980-81
Centerfolds: 1981 ( Color Images )
Pink Robes (aka Red Robes): 1982
Fashion: 1983, 1984, 1993, 1994
Fairy Tales: 1985
History Portraits: 1989-90
Sex Pictures: 1992
Horror and Surrealist Pictures: 1994-96
Office Killer: 1997 (Film)
Black and White work from 1999
Sherman also produced the movie “Office Killer” in 1997. Cindy has changed contemporary art. She continues to do so as an artist, photographer and film director.
Cindy was not that artistic as a child and developed a fond love for art while a young adult. Sherman was obsessed with make-believe and playing dress-up. Television also affected Sherman. Sherman learned much about identities and different roles our society created involving women.
Sherman wanted to study in New York City but her parents felt it was too dangerous and she attended Buffalo State University for art. Sherman even failed her first photography class and stuck to her major of painting for the time being. Sherman then focused on performance art.
Sherman decides to take the basic course again and realized that the concept of a good photograph is more important than perfect prints.
Sherman becomes obsessed with thrift-store clothing and starts to make up fictional characters that the clothing used to belong to. And so her Untitled Film Stills appear.
After Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills she is inspired to start the Rear-Screen Projections (1980-1981). Two characteristics dominant the Rear-Screen Projections: background and color. Sherman uses an effect to make the images look like they were taken outdoors, such as the rear-screen projector had done. Sherman uses slides to project different locations behind her. This shows the falseness of color and content within the photo. Sherman was not trying to trick anyone, she was merely using a technique to make her photos look a certain way.
Artform wanted a centerfold of Cindy Sherman, but then the editor rejected the images because he felt that the reader would mistake them for real centerfolds.
Cindy does not title any of her images on purpose. She wants the viewer to interpret his or her views without being thought to think.
Cindy also depicts scary, gruesome images. Fairy tales, include a gothic land of barbaric creatures and lets one think for themselves about the image.
Quotes from Cindy Sherman reguarding Fairy tales:
“No matter how much people try and clean up violence in fairy tales, it remains what children like best.”
“The world is so drawn towards beauty that I became interested in things that are normally considered grotesque or ugly, seeing them as more fascinating than beautiful.”