Francesca Woodman
Space², Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-1978 1975–8

Artwork details

Francesca Woodman 1958–1981
Space², Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-1978
Date 1975–8
Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
Dimensions Image: 140 x 140 mm
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
Not on display

Online caption

Woodman’s identity is obscured by the sudden movement of her head, giving her a spectral appearance. This work forms part of a series called ‘Space2’, taken while studying at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island between 1975 and 1978. The series explores various ways of concealing or flattening her form, reminding the viewer that all photographs are distortions of reality. Woodman uses a prolonged exposure to create an ethereal, transcendental quality in the tradition of Surrealism. The photograph is not a self-portrait in the conventional sense, as it explores the possibilities of representation instead of revealing the artist’s identity.

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