ARTIST ROOMS

Francesca WoodmanProvidence, Rhode Island, 1976 1976

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Artist
Francesca Woodman (1958‑1981)
Title
Providence, Rhode Island, 1976
Date 1976
MediumPhotograph, gelatine silver print on paper
Dimensionsimage: 143 x 144 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
AR00352
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Online caption

Woodman perches naked on a chair, appearing defensive and vulnerable. This is one of the few self-portraits where we see the artist’s full face. The vague black body imprinted on the floor seems to walk through the ground, as if descending into a nether world, while the desolate setting creates a chilling atmosphere. This is one of a series of photographs displaying the influence of Surrealism in the way it explores the supernatural. Woodman usually puts herself in the frame, although these are not conventional self-portraits. Instead, she explores issues of gender, self and the representation of the body in relation to its surroundings… (read more)

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