Marlene Dumas


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.