Cindy Sherman Essay

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Gender psychoanalysis through the lens of Cindy Sherman Art has opened its wings to many different perceptions over time due to dynamic changes in social cultures and technology. During 1500-1900 the era of traditional oil painting, the skill was valued and prized for the moment captured and poses it forever .The cultural presence of woman is still very different from a man. This all changed at the advent of the camera which has manipulated the way we look at art today. Some female artists began to project their thoughts and experiences into their practice by re-representing female identity and deconstructing existing cultural expectations. Cynthia “Cindy” Morris Sherman (a.k.a Cindy Sherman) is a (American, b. 1954) photographer and film…show more content…
Her works also suggest that the human psyche is trained to build a persona to fit into the frame of cultural expectations of gender roles. Persona is the social mask build to cover that part of self which the conscious refuses to accept. Women put on femininity, and conform to a cultural ideal that dictates what it means to be a woman. Sherman talks about femininity according to western popular culture and argues notions of fixed female identity through her society portraits. “A woman must continually watch herself. She is almost continually accompanied by her own image of herself” .Berger bring to light the difference in the perceptions of society in viewing the ideal images of men and women. He explains a woman needs to be conscious of her actions and behavior in society, as that is how a woman is expected to be in the societal framework. Jung believes each gender learns how it perceives the sexes through lenses colored by personal, archetypal, and collective images. Everyone wears the straight-jacket of stereotyped sex roles and expands identities accordingly. This mirrors male-female polarization in cultures. Sherman’s work is evident of the persona that Jung discusses; it arrives from the unconscious of the human psyche as a
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