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Tracey Emin: Hades, Hades, Hades - Signed Print

Hades, Hades, Hades
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Tracey Emin

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Screenprint, 2009
Signed Print Edition of 200
H 41cm x W 52cm

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Critical Review

Emin is an artist haunted by her past, and constantly refers to her troubled youth in her work. This has given her work a confessional quality, as it would seem the artist uses her work to confront and resolve traumas from the past. Within this work, Emin repeats the word “HADES” like a satanic mantra. Not only does this word denote the underworld of Greek mythology and Christian notions of hell, but Hades was also the name of a Margate nightclub Emin frequented during her troubled youth. Coupled with the crawling nude on the opposite panel and the curtain fabric background, this work presents an unsettling marriage between comfort and discomfort, sweet and sexual, innocence and experience.

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