Marlene Dumas [staying in bed]

Posted in artlies, jalouse by nerdlette on 2 July 2008

The NYT published an excellent profile of South African painter Marlene Dumas this last week. She and her partner Jan Andriesse pulled out a wonderful number of dry, morbid cantankerous quotes Jan in particular  sounds like something straight out of a New Wave Film.


“I was so pleased when I read that Rossellini loved to lie in bed,” she continued, referring to the Italian filmmaker, a confirmed hypochondriac who, she discovered, would take to his bed for two or three days at a time, reading thick novels. “Now people do exercise, and they have hobbies, and they take holidays,” she said. “I am not one of those. I don’t go to a psychiatrist. I don’t go to a gym. I run away from my accountant, I run away from my dentist. They are all supposed to help you, but I like to stay in bed, where I have a chance to reflect, like Rossellini.”


Sitting down at a table heaped with books, Andriesse poured himself a glass of gin. “The only reason I am alive is because of my love of alcohol and cigarettes,” he noted in his amused baritone, as he reached into a bag of Van Nelle tobacco and rolled a cigarette.

And the best one from Andriesse:

“The more people travel,” he said with a straight face, “the less they have to say.”

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