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Signed Print Edition of 250
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
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|September 2021||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Suffer Love - Signed Print|
|August 2020||Wilson55 - United Kingdom||Suffer Love - Signed Print|
|May 2020||Tate Ward Auctions - United Kingdom||Suffer Love - Signed Print|
Suffer Love is a 2009 etching by Tracey Emin, released in an edition of 250. At the centre of a white background, Emin captured her nude form in blue ink in the midst of masturbation. True to her spontaneous and sketchy aesthetic, the leg to the left of the composition is cut off and therefore gives the work an impulsive appeal typical of her oeuvre.
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.