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Tracey Emin: These Feelings Were True II - Signed Print

These Feelings Were True II
Signed Print

Tracey Emin


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Lithograph, 2020
Signed Print Edition of 50

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Critical Review

From her series These Feelings Were True, this lithograph has been described by Emin herself as a “really honest and freeing” self-portrait. This series was created after her diagnosis with bladder cancer in the same year, and the self-portraits were executed with a sense of uninhibited creativity. Crucially, some of the self-portraits from this series were created prior to her diagnosis, and Emin has described these works as revealing a “pious” side to her. The portraits made after her diagnosis however show a more “crazy” handling of her own image during her time dealing with cancer.

Of These Feelings Were True II, Emin has said that the self-portrait was like “a note to myself” while she was confronting her own mortality. Produced spontaneously and in one sitting, she has described the act of producing the portrait as “comforting” and “not aggressive”. Emin has always used her art to console herself and address her hopes and fears, and since her diagnosis her art seems to have become an even more important tool in finding peace.

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