ARTIST ROOMS

Francesca Woodman Untitled 1975–80

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Artist
Title
Untitled
Date 1975–80
Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
Dimensions Image: 156 x 156 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
AR00358
Not on display

Online caption

Woodman explores contrasting surfaces, patterns and lines in this photograph, making it one of the more abstract of her works in the ARTIST ROOMS Collection. The light caught on the mirror fragment has a spectral, supernatural quality, suggesting the influence of Surrealism. Woodman’s photographs explore issues of gender and self, looking at the representation of the body in relation to its surroundings. She usually puts herself in the frame, although these are not conventional self-portraits, since she is either partially hidden or concealed by slow exposures that blur her moving figure into a ghostly presence. This underlying fragility is emphasised by the small and intimate format of the photographs.

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