Marlene Dumas

Youth and other Demons

When I think of youth,
I think of
the New People of Japan,
the film Death in Venice,
the paintings of Saint Sebastian,
the woodblock prints of blue-ish spirits,
my own youth – becoming a ghost.

Youth and Other Demons. Originally published in Marlene Dumas, Youth and Other Demons (cat.), Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, 1996; 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.