MARLENE DUMAS

16 Oct

• Born and raised in South Africa during the most chaotic period of apartheid
• Initial works explore conflicted issues of race and identity
• Brushy and graphic lines, drab and fiery colours, salacious and vulnerable poses often coexist in the same painting
• “I use all the cheap tricks of attracting attention: eyes looking at you, sexual parts exposed or deliberately covered. The primitive pull of recognition. My art is situated between the pornographic tendency to reveal everything and the erotic inclination to hide what it’s all about.”
• Interest in the ambiguous divide between the private and the public self


Liberty 1993

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