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Tracey Emin: Suffer Love - Signed Print

Suffer Love
Signed Print

Tracey Emin


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Etching, 2009
Signed Print Edition of 250

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Critical Review

This sexually charged etching formed part of Emin’s White Cube exhibition Those Who Suffer Love. This particular work formed part of an animation of similar prints, which when played together brought to life the act of masturbation caught in each etching. In an interview for the exhibition, Emin explains that she “didn’t want to put my face on the figure because it’s not about me. It’s about the idea of a woman which is important”.

The exhibition in its entirety is about Emin’s fears around losing her “sexual energy”, and the animation from which this etching originates is a celebration of that sexual energy which has been so integral to her life and work. Through this self-exploration of her own body and sexual pleasure, Emin makes peace with this changing outlook on sex and lust. Like much of her work, Suffer Love is confessional and meditative, and Emin gives us an intimate glimpse of her hopes and fears.

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