Untitled (figure and door)
Untitled (figure and door), 1977
Gelatin silver print
Museum Purchase with funds from The Judith Rothschild Foundation 2002.71
Francesca Woodman created a remarkably original and influential body of work during her short life, largely while she was still a student at RISD, where she majored in photography. The daughter of two artists, George and Betty Woodman, she came to RISD able to incorporate a mature personal investigation into tasks designed for the understanding of fundamental photographic principles. At a time when few people exhibited imagery staged for the camera, Woodman fabricated haunting, psychologically charged scenarios. She frequently posed for her own pictures, as in this untitled image, saying that she knew best what she wanted. Her photographs are less self-portraits than fictive worlds for the character that she created. Here she appears both vulnerable and daring.