Untitled, 1975-1980
© Courtesy of George and Betty Woodman

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Untitled, 1975-1980 1975-1980
  • Artist Rooms
Woodman has inscribed in red ink below the photograph, ‘See you on Sunday bow wow love spot’. Given as a gift to her boyfriend, this may have been a private message between the two. Woodman would often paste photographs on to paper and in journals as works in progress, surrounded by expressive, personal notes. Her 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 surreal, ghostly presence. This underlying fragility is further emphasised by the small and intimate format of the photographs.

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Exposure

The length of time a photosensitive surface is exposed to light. The term ‘multiple exposure’ is used to describe the act of recording more than one image on a single sheet or frame of film.

Inscription

Text written on a book, document or artwork. Examples include the added information such as edition number and date on a print, or a dedication written in a book.

Exposure, Inscription

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00347
  • Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper on ink on paper
  • Size 10.90 x 10.90 cm (paper 25.30 x 20.20 cm) (framed: 45.80 x 40.20 x 2.00 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008