Sunday, July 29, 2012

Francesca Woodman: Personal Journal

Entries from the personal journal of the young talented artist - photographer - Francesca Woodman.

  • “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 on the corner…?”
  • “I was inventing a Language for people to see…” (last journal entry. January 19, 1981)
  • “Then at one point I did not need to translate the notes; they went directly to my hands” (1976)
  • “Real things don’t frighten me just the ones in my mind do.”

  • “I finally managed to try to do away with myself, as neatly and concisely as possible…. I would rather die young leaving various accomplishments, some work, my friendship with you, and some other artifacts intact, instead of pell-mell erasing all of these delicate things.”
  • “I feel like I am floating in plasma
    I need a teacher or a lover
    I need someone to risk being involved with me.
    I am so vain
    and I am so masochistic.
    How can they coexist?”
    has nothing to do with melodrama
    It is that life as lived by me now is a series of exceptions…
    I was (am?) not unique but special.
    This is why I was an artist…”

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