The Life and Works of Cindy Sherman Essay by Calwriter

The Life and Works of Cindy Sherman
A discussion of the life and work of Cindy Sherman, artist and photographer, and how she focuses her artistic talent on herself.
# 54488 | 1,987 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Dec 28, 2004 in Art (Artists) , Art (Photography)

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This paper looks at the work of Cindy Sherman, a famous American photographic artist. It explains that the main focus of her work is herself. By turning the camera on herself, she symbolizes the complexity of being female through images that simultaneously shock and challenge the viewer. The writer points out that, by creating close-up images, she succeeds in creating a sensation of exaggerated nearness, yet dispels any feeling of closeness or intimacy. Her work creates a tension between familiarity and strangeness. The question of female identity is also a central concern that is explored.

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