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
Woodman’s collection of photographs in ARTIST ROOMS originally belonged to her boyfriend, Benjamin P Moore, who appears alongside her in this double portrait. Woodman met Moore while she was a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, and he now has an established reputation as a glass designer in America. This photograph was taken while Woodman was an exchange student in Rome between 1977 and 1978. This year of study abroad was an important period of self-recognition for the artist and she produced a substantial body of work there. She found an environment rich in classicism and decay and took most of her photographs in an abandoned factory, to creating a surreal, timeless atmosphere. Woodman uses strong lighting in this particular work to produce an intense psychological drama.