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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Francesca Woodman

'The Woodmans' is a fascinating documentary film that tells about the life and work of this extraordinary photographer, told by her artist parents, brother and friends.

It's a very poignant family story, but at the same time, very uplifting.
It makes me think deeply about the meaning of life, human fragility, and most importantly, the role art plays as a salvation of our mortality.

Her suicide at the age of 22 is surely a tragedy, that means, most of her photographic works were created during her teen age years.

That is really astonishing.
Because, they are all well-accomplished, very high quality images.
In her works, there's no hint of usual self-obsessive, adolescent sentimentality.

Her use of light, shadow, form and negative space... They're all beautiful.
I also liked her video works very much.

Guggenheim museum recently run her exhibition. I wish I could have attended it. It's a long way from Australia :(
Anyway, I'm so glad that I happened to discover this remarkable artist.

Here are some of her works.

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