Monday, May 4, 2009

on words and images

I can see why many artists dislike words in artworks.
They feel that words dirty the clear water that has reflected the sky.
It disturbs the pleasure of the silent image,
the freedom from history, the beauty of nameless form.
I want to name our pains.
I want to keep our names.
I know that neither images nor words can escape the
drunkenness and longing caused by the turning world.
Words and images drink the same wine.
There is no purity to protect.

-- Marlene Dumas

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