Waiting Rooms (need TV)

Models wait
for artists to give them meaning.
Girls (use to) wait
for boys.
Patients wait
for doctors…

ART waits for no-one.
ART cares for no-one.
ART doesn’t speak unless
it’s spoken to.
ART is only metaphorically
a language, not literary.
ART does not follow the rules
of language.
The arbitrary and the particular
resist generalisations
for logical communication.
ART loves her enemies
more than her protectors.
ART loves to know. Everything.
ART has never been innocent.
ART has always been mediated.
Life has always been complicated.
All art eventually becomes ART,
and solves nothing.

Waiting Rooms (need TV). Originally published in Kunst voor de Toekomst (special issue Tekens van Verzet), vol.4, no.1 (January 1989); 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.