Francesca Woodman

Self-Deceit #5 (Roma)

About this artwork

Sitting curled up and positioned with her back turned towards the camera, Woodman has also turned the mirror around so that its reverse side faces outwards. This makes the scene closed to the viewer. 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.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Self-Deceit #5 (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 4770
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Francesca Woodman

Francesca Woodman