Francesca Woodman

Self-Deceit #4 (Roma)

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About this artwork

In this photograph, the artist is both exposed and disguised – standing naked before us but with her face hidden. Woodman uses the mirror to deflect the intrusive gaze of the camera. The image is from a series of photographs called ‘Self Deceit,’ which Woodman took while studying in Rome. Alone and naked, Woodman appears vulnerable as she undertakes a personal self-exploration, underlined by the small and intimate format of the photographs. The photographs are not self-portraits in the conventional sense, as the photographs explore the possibilities of representation instead of revealing the artist’s identity. In the photographs she uses a mirror as a prop – it becomes a symbol of artistic self-reflexivity, reflecting the ‘eye’ of the camera back upon itself.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Self-Deceit #4 (Roma)
  • date created:
    1977 - 1978
  • materials:
    Vintage gelatine silver print
  • measurements:
    40.00 x 33.00 x 3.30 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund 2005
  • accession number:
    GMA 4769
  • gallery:
  • subject:
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Francesca Woodman

Francesca Woodman