The Devil's Dress
Michaël Borremans ( Belgian, 1963 )
In_The Devil's Dress_, the figure, like many characters in Michaël Borremans's paintings, appears to be involved in some mysterious, psychologically charged scenario. Positioned within a barren space reminiscent of an artist's studio or a theatrical set, the "dress" of cardboard becomes the object of one's focus. We are left to ponder: what is this scene, who is this actor, and what is its meaning? Perhaps the devil's red dress is nothing more than a red herring, a device the artist uses to distract the viewer from realizing that the true subject of the work is, in fact, nowhere to be found.
Anna Katherine Brodbeck, ed., TWO X TWO X TWENTY: Two Decades Supporting Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art), 2018, 152.