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Signed Print Edition of 100
H 32cm x W 36cm
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Joe Syer, Head of Urban & Contemporary Art
This etching was executed by Tracey Emin in 2010 and forms part of our Nude Drawings collection of her work. Emin’s focal composition appears at the centre of a white paper background with wide margins, and is split into two halves. On the top half is the word “MOTHER”, written in Emin’s distinctive handwriting with the letter “R” printed backwards. Beneath this typographic half is an illustration of two reclining figures, one delineated with simple outlines, and the other completely filled in with black ink.
The work of Emin is confessional and autobiographical, offering viewers a glimpse into her personal life experiences. While most of her work tends to focus on her romantic relationships, Mother/Brother is a rare instance of Emin exploring her family ties in her work. After a troubled youth in Margate, Emin left her hometown for London at the age of fifteen. Despite the title of the work, Emin only writes out the word “mother” in the piece itself, perhaps telling of her allegedly unsteady relationship with her twin brother, Paul.