It’s the pleasures of painting
the poses of pleasure

the privilege of being looked at
the plays of seduction

the light of the night

it’s nothing personal

it’s plain delight.


MD-light. Originally published in Marlene Dumas, M.D., (cat.) MUKHA | Camden Arts Center | Henie Onstadt Kunstsenter, Antwerpen | London | Høvikodden, 1999; and included in Marlene Dumas, Sweet Nothings. Notes and Texts, second edition (revised and expanded) Koenig Books London, 2014.