Week 5 – Cindy Sherman 22.02.20
On the subject of the gaze I find this quote beneath important to reference, there are multiple levels of gaze happening here , Shermans gaze as a successful photographer onto her friends less successful work, the gaze of the family, or those that know us well onto our work, the reflective gaze of the photographer back onto her own work, and the gaze of the critique (be it photography, art, or photographer) on the work of Sherman . I really like that she ‘admits’ that she didn’t theorise when she worked, that it was instinctual. There is an argument here that everything she had ever consumed and been party too in her life, was her ‘theorising’ as it is influenced and effected her, however that is different to actively looking for ideas, inspiration, research , the fact that critics would theorise about her work and draw different meaning, I have now come to understand doesn’t mean the theorising wasn’t correct, it is about what we as the viewer draw from the meaning and information int he photograph, as much, one could argue , even more than, what the photographer him or herself attempts to instil into and convey with their work.
Fig 1, Bright, Susan. 2011. Art photography now. quote from Cindy Sherman pg 25. London; Thames and Hudson.
Fig 1,Cindy Sherman from art photography now 22.02.20