Francesca Woodman From Angel Series, Roma, September 1977 1977

Artwork details

Artist
Francesca Woodman 1958–1981
Title
From Angel Series, Roma, September 1977
Date 1977
Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
Dimensions Image: 93 x 93 mm
Collection
Acquisition ARTIST ROOMS
Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00354
On loan to Oriel Davies Gallery (Newtown, UK)
ARTIST ROOMS

Online caption

In this photograph the artist has dressed herself in large crumpled sheets of paper, creating a ghostly form. This is one of a series of similar works by Woodman produced between 1977 and 1978 exploring the theme of angels, in which prolonged exposure is used to create a spectral blur. Taken in a deserted factory in Rome, Woodman uses abandoned debris to create an ethereal, mystical image in the tradition of Surrealism. The mythological theme of the angel is popular with Woodman and suggests a link with American fashion photographer Deborah Turbeville (born 1938). In the photograph she uses a mirror as a prop – it becomes a symbol of artistic self-reflexivity, reflecting the ‘eye’ of the camera back upon itself.

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