Francesca Woodman and her visual practice and process will be examined in this essay with emphasis on her embodiment of self and mind within her photography process. Woodman is the photographer, the model and the viewer in her practice. She captures distinctive, deliberate imagery, curated by her body and mind forming a unique feminine identity. I will discuss the specific process Woodman undertook when capturing her photos focusing on the use of her body. The definition of the process of embodiment, is the specific part of psychophysical actor training based on the embodied mind thesis that seeks to unite the imaginary separation of body …show more content…
From the Documentary, The Woodman’s, it is clear both parents put art in a very high regard in their lives, as well as passing on this passion onto their children.
Observing Woodmans photographs, many distinctive consistencies are obvious about her body of work. The format of shooting within decaying architectural spaces and interiors, her body, and other bodies, the subject of the photograph
Woodman put her body into and under her images, making parallels between herself and the objects in her photos; being, wallpaper, not hiding, says Sloan Rankin, a college friend, who worked with woodman and whom appears in many of Woodman’s works. “Francesca Woodman was not trying to disappear as a represtation of her state of mind when she was hiding behind a scrap of wallpaper, It was her making a parallel, how would it be, to be that peeling paint or wallpaper, How does the human form relate to it, you put yourself in it.” (Sloan Rankin, The Woodmans)
“Am I in the picture? Am I getting in or out of it? I could be a ghost, an animal or a dead body, not just this girl standing in the corner…?” – Francesca