Some people will recognise the cultural references, but others you may not recognise,” says sainsbury. I am a painter. I was very scared i wouldn’t be able to work. She wants to get beneath the surface, bring something of the human,” explains helen sainsbury, co-curator of the tate show, of dumas’s intimate portraiture.
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At the same time, marlene dumas doesn’t mind if we find her work dark or difficult, as we certainly will, since she deals in dark and difficult images. The artist paints without preparatory drawings, instead using photographs as a source.