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Terror and mockery come together in the portraits of Cindy Sherman on display at the Crocker Art Museum Walking into the large dimly lit ballroom one may begin to feel a slight sense of trepidation as the viewer looks around to find nine sets of beady eyes watching ones every move Sherman produced her History Portraits during the late eighties and early nineties nine of which are displayed at the museum In her portraits she uses lush fabrics lavish jewelry and false body parts to decorate herself in these self-portraits Her portraits have been know to cause discomfort in the viewers who find the general stereotypes depicted in her portraits amusing yet confusing and terrorizing Shermans Untitled 225 Blond Woman triggers those exact emotions The portrait is a large colored photograph created in 1990 An eighteenth century blond Madonna-like young lady sits poised with one hand on her exposed artificial breast as if she is nursing a baby She is well dressed in a blue satin dress small white beads laced through her braided hair and a tiara atop her head Her icy blue eyes stare off to the left with a harsh cold expression With her breast aimed high spewing fluids in the same direction as she stares it is difficult to imagine what is going through her head however it is clear that it is something of an almost vindictive and unforgiving nature Possibly she points her breast toward a man who betrayed her or harassed her The overall painting much like the others in the exhibit is generally flat yet she uses contouring lines and overlapping to give the paintings depth and perception Like Untitled 225 Blond Woman Shermans Untitled portrait 198 Feather Mask also stirs a sense of uneasiness The portrait is a color photograph created in 1989 A woman with an open salmon colored shirt exposes both artificial breasts as she sits with a large blue feather
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