Biography • Born with parents who, unlike her, were not overly arCsCc, Sherman said: "It wasnt unCl college that I had any concept of what was going on in the art world”. (CindySherman.com, 2004) • AQer graduaCng in 1976, Sherman moved to New York to embark upon her career in art. • In her loQ in Manha#an, Cindy began taking photos of herself, which were later known as UnCtled Film SClls (CindySherman.com, 2004)
The housewife (below): Housewife The Film still series (right): Prostitute -commenting on women and how they are portrayed in the media.
Disasters and Fairytales • From 1985-‐1989, Sherman was not the sole focus of her artwork. • These images are more grotesque than her former works, and oQen used un-‐idenCﬁable se`ngs, as well as oddly coloured lighCng shades of blue, green and red. • These images were designed to shock.
Sexual Reference Pictures • In 1992, Sherman embarked on a series of photographs known as ‘sex pictures’, where she was enCrely absent from the photos. • Dolls and prostheCc body parts were used, in highly sexual poses.
Story of Success • Due to Sherman being so successful so young, her work has had considerable maturaCon over the past decade. • In 1999, the average price for one of her artworks was $2000-‐$50000. • Sherman’s popularity conCnues to grow around the world, with exhibits in countries such as Germany, Japan and France.
Metro Pictures • Sherman has recently gone back to using herself as a model. • Metro Pictures, Sherman displayed a series of portrait like images of herself in the guise of women of California. Again simply ‘types’, e.g. -‐ the The Divorcee divorcee. • Why do you think Sherman uses herself as a model. • Why do you think she portrays ‘types’ of women?