Marlene Dumas

To Life

The other day,
I read a story about a dwarf
who said that the opposite of
beautiful was not ugly, but death.

Thirteen years ago, I made a work
titled Love versus Death and someone
said to me that it was strange that
I did not name life as the opposite
of death, but love.

To Life. Originally published in Überleben (cat), Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, 1993, p.72; 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.