Francesca Woodman - I really like how the artist has managed to create a macabre and ghostly atmosphere within their photograph by getting the sitter to move almost as if they are attempting to shield themselves from the daylight streaming through the open window. I also feel like the scene of destruction within the image, littered all over the floor, also adds to the idea of spirits and the macabre atmosphere.
As a young woman, Francesca Woodman Photographed herself obsessively but often she appears as a blur of movement or a half-hidden figure, someone constantly trying to escape or hide. The end result is not self-portraiture, but a series of stills from a continuous performance in which she plays with the notion of the self, disguising, transforming and defacing her own body.
Francesca Woodman (1958-1981) Untitled, Providence, Rhode Island (c. 1976) Like Cindy Sherman, Francesca Woodman began to make art in the mid-1970s, using herself as the subject of photos with a conceptual edge. But there the comparisons end. While Sherman’s work is all about archly staged artifice and pop culture’s intrusion into daily life, Woodman created a spontaneous theater of self-drama that was as dreamlike as it was nakedly real.