Francesca Woodman, ‘Untitled (Providence, Rhode Island)’, 1978, Richard Saltoun

Series: Edition of 10

Signature: On the reverse signed by George Woodman, annotated "PE/FW" and "BFA07" as well as editioned. The ve photographs from a series entitled Swan Song were originally produced for the artist’s graduate exhibition at Rhode Island School of Design in 1978. Forfeiting the intimate scale characteristic of her work, these one metre square images move the medium of photography away from its expected format of at print on the wall by exaggera- ting the scale, and alluding to an alternative space. The same props are used throughout - fur, feathers, wire and a white sheet that both covers and supports Woodman’s elongated, fragmented body. The prints were deliberately torn in order to resist the square format of photography as well as, when unframed (as they were installed in her graduate exhibition), to further soften the edge between the image and the wall. Woodman was to return to the larger scale towards the end of her career in 1980.

Image rights: Copyright the artist. Courtesy Richard Saltoun Gallery

Francesca Woodman, photographs 1975-1980, Phaidon, London & New York 2006, p.131

About Francesca Woodman

At age thirteen, photographer Francesca Woodman took her first self-portrait. From then on, until her untimely death in 1981 at age 22, she produced over 800 images. The photographs, recognized for their unique vision and range of innovative techniques, have been the subject of extensive critical study. Situated alongside 1970s contemporaries such as Ana Mendieta and Hannah Wilke, Woodman’s images, self-portraits and explorations of the female body, foreshadow the work of such artists as Cindy Sherman, Sarah Lucas, Nan Goldin, and Karen Finley.

American, 1958-1981, Denver, Colorado, based in New York, New York