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Exorcism of the Last Painting I Ever Made

Tracey Emin Exorcism of the Last Painting I Ever Made

Exhibited

21 Oct 2023 to 14 Jul 2024

Location

Faurschou New York

148 Green Street Greenpoint, Brooklyn New York, NY 11222 USA

"I stopped painting when I was pregnant. The smell of the oil paints and the turps made me feel physically sick, and even after my termination, I couldn't paint. It's like I needed to punish myself by stopping the thing I loved doing the most. I hated my body; I was scared of the dark; I was scared of being asleep. I was suffering from guilt and punishing myself, so I threw myself in a box and gave myself three and a half weeks to sort it out. And I did. My only regret about this project was that I didn't carry on painting from that moment. It took me another five years before I started painting again."

Tracey Emin

In 1996, British artist Tracey Emin (b. 1963) locked herself naked in an enclosed room at a gallery in Stockholm for 3 weeks to reconcile her anxieties and guilt around painting, a medium she had abandoned 6 years prior.

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Tracey Emin: Life Model Goes Mad, 1996. Image courtesy of © Tracey Emin Studio

Tracey Emin: Life Model Goes Mad, 1996. Image courtesy of © Tracey Emin Studio

Tracey Emin: Life Model Goes Mad, 1996. Image courtesy of © Tracey Emin Studio