Artist Cindy Sherman Elevates Her Selfie Game With Newly Public Instagram Account

by Helen Murphy

Think your selfie game is fire? You’ve got nothing on Cindy Sherman.

The renowned conceptual artist and photographer made her Instagram account public last week, joining a growing list of artists taking to Instagram as the newest medium in the art industry and showing off a host of highly-edited, outlandish photos of herself. 

Sherman uses the Facetune app to edit her Instagram self-portraits. The app, popular among young millennials, allows the user to tweak elements of their selfies (teeth whitening, nose contouring, etc.) to look better — or, in Sherman’s case, worse.

Sherman is especially known for her self-portraits, many of which feature herself dressed up in character, incorporating herself into famous movie stills or historical images, so it’s no surprise that she enjoys fiddling with the Facetune app to tweak her selfies into warped, distorted versions of herself.

Is it a commentary on our society’s obsession with selfie taking? Just a glimpse into the wild inner workings of Sherman’s artistic mind? Whatever it is, we’re just thankful we can now enjoy Sherman’s art from the convenience of our Instagram feeds. See the images for yourself at @_cindysherman_, and check out highlights from Sherman's recent retrospective at the Broad Museum here


Written by: Helen Murphy

Photos: @_cindysherman_