Cindy Sherman…WTF?. Ms. O’Ryan’s 2012-2013 Media Arts Classes.
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Ms. O’Ryan’s 2012-2013 Media Arts Classes
She quickly realized that the camera could demonstrate an idea much quicker and effectively than painting, switching majors.
After graduation, she moved to NYC and began using herself as the model, tackling ideas such as women’s roles and conceptual photography. She never called her images self portraits; rather concepts. The focus was the idea and she placed distance between herself and the idea by wearing wigs, costumes. Titling them Untitled, this in itself placed more distance between her and the idea.
Cindy’s purpose was to disappoint you. Images of women in sexy poses were not meant to be perceived as such. So if you think she looks hot…well shame on you.
Emulating scenes from famous movies in the 1950’s, you feel as if you have seen that scene before…but you haven’t.
Images are confusing…and meant to be. Through the confusion, she continues to distance herself. Not only is the background not real, nor is her character in the scene.
Artwork evolved. She felt that she exhausted the black and white film stills so she began to play with color photography.
While living in Rome, she began emulating famous art pieces. Same idea: one feels that they have seen the work before but in fact you haven’t. Idea: to confuse, to show that one can reproduce an image (making a painting less valuable), and to evolve the expectation of photography out of fine art into conceptual.
Young Sick Bacchus by Caravaggio, 1953.
Brainstorm some idea. Ideas that are deeper in content, connect to you personally, and perhaps something that can relate to others. Write them down.
Plan. Think of how you can use yourself or perhaps others. Either way, YOU need to be in charge of the composition.
Experiment. Collect the photos that you do not want to use and put them in your sketchbook for reference.
Choose the best three and edit in PS. Determine if you want B&W or color…or both.
Once finished, write a description and reflection on your wiki.