Pornographic Tendency

At the moment my art
is situated between
the pornographic tendency
to reveal everything
and the erotic inclination
to hide what it’s all about.

Pornographic Tendency was originally published in Dutch in Zeven kunstenaars (cat.), Galerie Academisch Ziekenhuis Leiden, 1986, p.10; the English version is included in Marlene Dumas, Sweet Nothings. Notes and Texts, first edition Galerie Paul Andriesse and De Balie Publishers Amsterdam, 1998; and second edition (revised and expanded) Koenig Books London, 2014.