Selling one’s Soul to the Devil

like an occult science is
an ancient ritual as dangerous
as the first flare of attraction between two people –
an unreliable situation
with unpredictable consequences.

Selling one’s Soul to the Devil. Originally published in Art from Europe (cat.), The Tate Gallery, London, 1987, p.26; and 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.