hello! so, today’s girl crush post started off with one of my favorite female photographers. and then i added another – and another – and another! i couldn’t control myself! they just seemed to go together somehow. two of them are very well known, and the other two are not quite as famous – yet! so, let’s start things off with a huge icon in the world of photography:
sigh. american artist cindy sherman. cindy’s subject matter? cindy – kinda. she is the subject of every single one of her photographs, although you might not be able to tell. she morphs herself into all sorts of characters (i love the the b-movie starlets) in order to make a commentary on the ‘role and representation of women in society, the media and the nature of the creation of art.’ amazing.
ok, my next girl crush is another very well known american photographer:
the amazingly talented diane arbus. she was best known for capturing the images of somewhat strange people, or to be a little less politically correct – ‘freaks’. her life story is quite interesting but a bit sad, and her completely made up life story in the movie fur: an imaginary portrait of diane arbus, is even more interesting and even more sad. if you haven’t seen it, you should! it’s beautiful, very alice in wonderland.
italian artist moira ricci is present in all of her photographs, much like cindy sherman. the difference between the work of these two women is that moira is not the main subject of the shot, but always a secondary character in the scene – oh and did i mention that some of the photos were taken before she was born? yep. she has placed herself into photographs with her mother, essentially stepping back into her family memories as an observer. wouldn’t it be great if you could actually do that? (the series is titled, series 20.12.53 – 10.08.04, the dates of her mother’s life from birth to death.)
ok, as soon as i saw this work i thought, cindy sherman meets diane arbus – with just a hint of ‘the sixth sense’! toronto based rebecca cairns creates hauntingly beautiful black and white self-portraits, that quite frankly, scare me a little bit.
so there you have it. do you see why i just had to keep adding artists to this post? their work is beautiful, and inspiring – and yes, i have a crush on all of them! see you in two weeks with more art from amazing women
~ the jealous curator xo