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Doll Clothes, the only stop-motion animation by Cindy Sherman, explores the construction of female identity. A paper doll, made in the likeness of the artist, peruses the fashion choices, labeled such as “casual” or “outdoors,” available to her in an old-fashioned set. When the doll arrives at “dresses,” she chooses an outfit and prances about the vanity, admiring herself in a make-up mirror. Her fun is spoiled when human hands pluck her up and put her back into her place within the paper doll set.
Cindy Sherman was born in 1954 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. In 1976, Sherman received a BA from State University College in Buffalo, New York. Known foremost as a photographer, Sherman’s body of work comprises staged photographs in which she dons a myriad of costumes, embodying characters whose stories are left untold. Solo exhibitions of Sherman’s work have been mounted at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Whitney Museum of American Art; The Museum of Modern Art; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Center; and the Basel Kunsthalle in Switzerland. Sherman has received numerous awards throughout her career including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Award in 2003 and a MacArthur Fellowship in 1995. She lives and works in New York.