Francesca Woodman


Francesca Woodman (58-81) was born into an artistic family-her mother was a sculptor and a ceramicist while her dad was a photographer. Taking him as an inspiration, Woodman attended Rhode Island School of Design to study photography. Here, she experimented with movement and long exposure time to produce blurriness merging with the surroundings. This later on became her signature technique among her artworks.

woodman-francesca-house-3-providence-rhode-island-1976-p-107  House #3 ( Providence 76)

In 1977, Woodman studied in Rome in an honor program. Here she produced a series of photos which I consider to be the finest of her career. Below are the two examples taken from her Angels Series. No one knows her intention behind these photos but we can speculate an fallen angel is separated from her wings but still attempt to fly again. It was Woodman’s take on feminism in modern culture.


From Angels Series (Rome 77)


From Angels Series (Rome 77)

Unfortunately, after graduated, Woodman continued to send her portfolios to photographers to no success. As a result, she suffered from depression which only escalated after break up with her boyfriend. She eventually ended her life in Jan 81 at the age of 22.


Ana Medieta

Cuban artist Ana Medieta was known as a leading artist in the feminism movement in the 70s. Her works heavily evolved around abuse and violence towards women. Escaped Cuba at age 12 during the Fidel Castro acquisition, Ana graduated from University of Iowa with an MFA. Even  though little to none was known about her personal life, her art works showed a disconnection between reality and how she perceived herself. Despite being very beautiful, Ana often distorted her face and body with blood and mud as an expression of life and death through nature

Blood was found throughout her career. During the exhibition “Ana Mendieta: Experimental and Interactive Films“in Feb, her niece Raquel Cecilia Mendieta explained how Ana experimented around blood from the very beginning.
Ana Mendieta, <em>Sweating Blood </em>(1973)<br>Image: Courtesy Galerie LelongSweating Blood (film, 1973)

Week 5/30-6/5

This has been a long week for me. From this summer, I started working in a new research lab. This week, coming back from vacation, I buried myself in some lab literature to catch on with the works in the lab. My first experiment started on Wednesday. The results was not as good as I was hoping but good enough that I could move on to next step. Hopefully everything work out next week.