Francesca Woodman

Catalog cover, Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories, published by Marion Goodman Gallery

… awesome talent, tragic story… this exhibition runs from November 02 to December 23 at the Marian Goodman Gallery in New York City… the exhibition catalog is for sale here.

05 Rabbit Hole D’jour Part II, James Baldwin

People can’t, unhappily, invent their mooring posts, their lovers and their friends, anymore than they can invent their parents. Life gives these and also takes them away and the great difficulty is to say Yes to life.1

… the idea of saying yes to life immediately takes my mind to Camu’s Myth of Sisyphus, in which the opening salvo is a meditation on the most fundamental philosophical question of them all, To Be, Or Not To Be… that being the question… most of us say yes to life, but i read Sylvia Plath, who did not, and look at the photos of Francesca Woodman, who did not… i look poised to stay with life to the end, bitter or otherwise… my bigger question at the moment is whether i am happy, and if i am not, what i will do to be happier…

05 Suicide

… a post on Sylvia Plath in Brain Pickings resurfaces a thought that viewing the youthful suicides of Plath and Francesca Woodman in parallel might be fruitful, informed by Camus’ Myth of Sisyphus, the fundamental philosophical question being whether to continue to live or not… most of us, me included, ferociously hold onto life and fear death… some do not, for whatever reasons…