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Tracey Emin: Dog Brains - Signed Print

Dog Brains
Signed Print

Tracey Emin


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Screenprint, 2000
Signed Print Edition of 300

Critical Review

A great example of Emin’s seminal Nude Self-Portraits, Dog Brains is just one of some 800 drawings that form an integral part of her body of work. Self-referential, confessional and intensely intimate, Emin has described this particular work as coming from “a series of self-portraits about being drunk”. In her own words, “Dog Brains has got humour. It looks like a bit of a tragic, spindly, pissed figure. I’d want people to feel empathy. I want women to say, “Yeah, I know how that feels.”

Emin’s spindly and tragic self-portrait is therefore not only relatable in its subject matter, but appeals to a primarily female audience through her brutally honest depiction of her drunk self. Famously inspired by Egon Schiele, Emin depicts herself with a spontaneous and fluid use of line, mirroring the dizzying effects of alcohol.

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