Cindy Sherman has never shied away from the grotesque, often donning masks, wigs and prosthetics to enhance the disturbing or macabre scenes in her photographs. While she's posed as pin-up girls and movie stars, it's the artist's uncanny transformation into monsters and decaying beauties that push the limits of what a self-portrait can reveal.
"Cindy Sherman: Untitled Horrors," a photography exhibit at Norway's Astrup Fearnley Museet, focuses on the utterly grim portrayals of human existence seen in her series like "Disasters," "Civil War" and "Horror & Surrealism." Sherman paints her face and distorts her body, crafting herself into identities that shock and confuse us.
Yet the images maintain fragments of the artist's personality; she rips off and borrows other disquieting likenesses only to expose the depths of her own self. It's the genius of her particular brand of self-portraits, overflowing the frame with difficult-to-digest imagery that becomes more and more palatable with each glance.
"I think people are more apt to believe photographs, especially if it’s something fantastic," Sherman stated in an interview with BOMB Magazine. "They’re willing to be more gullible. Sometimes they want fantasy."
Scroll through the slideshow below for a preview of "Untitled Horrors," on view at Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo until September 22, 2013.