Technique and condition

The following entry discusses six paintings by Marlene Dumas, T07201-T07206

Painted on Verlin Arches white cotton fibre wove paper (400gsm). This mouldmade paper has two natural deckle edges. There are pin holes in the four corners of each work where it has been pinned to the wall for display purposes. The artist does not want the works to be framed.

The images were painted in Indian ink, thinned with water which was brushed on in washes and then built up in areas with less dilute ink applications. The paper was rubbed vigorously in places while the ink was still wet with either a sponge or paper towel, causing some abrasion to the surface. The paintings are worked flat on the floor and completed in one session.

The paintings are in good condition with slight cockling occuring in some of the images where the ink washes have been applied.

Jo Crook
June 1997