After moving to the United States, she made her first film appearance in a short film in By the end of the decade, in the last years of American silent filmsshe had progressed to leading roles in numerous movies like The GauchoLady of the Pavementsand Wolf Songamong others. She was one of the first successful Latin American actresses in the United States.
It left me warm. Fusing the political and the painterly, it grapples with the complexities of image making, the human soul, sexuality, the beauty of art, the masculinity of traditional painting, the ugliness of social oppression. The show suggests that while this amply talented artist has created some riveting images, her work becomes monotonous and obvious when seen in bulk.
What is the matter, little Miss Muffet? Why so upset; because a spider sat down beside her? This is a question I can ask myself.
Dumas, a South African—born, Amsterdam-based painter known for her confrontational images of human figures—blindfolded captives, naked pinups, deformed newborn babies—had been working on a large-scale portrait of her mother, who died last year, but decided it was too dramatic, too pompous. Then, while Dumas was rummaging through an old file of media images—one of the dozens of cluttered notebooks and boxes with labels like war, couples and porn that make up her archive—out tumbled a yellowed newspaper clipping with a morgue photograph of Marilyn Monroe. The movie star is entirely unrecognizable, with matted hair and bruised, craggy skin. According to MoMA curator Connie Butler, who organized the show, Dumas has a talent for dealing with hot-button topics in an unusually nondidactic way.
I enjoyed shooting this collection from jad. Me, yes! Photographer: yunaclass Model: eliieweeds.