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Cindy Sherman uses her photography as a means to act out a range of situations, using herself as her primary model. More than standard self-portraits, Sherman disguises herself, acting as photographer, costumer, makeup artist, and director to set up tableaus that range from bored housewife to Hollywood actress.
With a career spanning over 30 years, Sherman is widely considered one of the top artists in the contemporary art field. Her work acts as an illusion, for its seeming realism is actually a highly planned out ode to artifice.
By turning the camera on herself, Cindy Sherman has built a name as one of the most respected photographers of the late 20th century. Although, the majority of her photographs are pictures of her, these photographs are most definitely not self-portraits. Rather, Sherman uses herself as a vehicle for commentary on a variety of issues of the modern world: the role of the woman, the role of the artist and many more. It is through these ambiguous and eclectic photographs that Sherman has developed a distinct signature style. Through her work, Sherman has raised challenging and important questions about the role and representation of women in society, the media and the nature of the creation of art.
Born in 1954, in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, a suburb of NYC. Her family having moved shortly after her birth, Sherman grew up as the youngest of 5 children in the town of Huntington, Long Island. Unlike some budding artists, Sherman was not particularly involved in the arts as a young person.... Sherman has said that, "It wasn't until college that I had any concept of what was going on in the art world. My idea of being an artist as a kid was a courtroom artist or one of those boardwalk artists who do caricatures.... (http://www.cindysherman.com/biography.shtml)