Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954), Untitled, 1975, special printing 2004. Chromogenic Print, 14 x 12 in. Gift of D. Frederick Baker from the Baker/Pisano Collection, 2012.1.52
In this early work, paying homage to Claude Cahun, Sherman experiments with her own face as a site of character production. Appropriating the conventions of portraiture, she unsettles photography’s claim to capture its subject faithfully by transforming herself into various caricatures of character. Although Sherman always uses her body as a photographic medium, her work evidences various processes of transformation and fluidity, representing the body’s photogenic, image-generating powers as both malleable and estranging.