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Exorcism of the Last Painting I Ever Made

Tracey Emin Exorcism of the Last Painting I Ever Made

On view

21 Oct 2023 to 14 Jul 2024

Location

Faurschou New York

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

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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Life Model Goes Mad I, 1996
Giclee on photo rag paper
20.9 x 20.5 in

Life Model Goes Mad II, 1996
Giclee on photo rag paper
20.9 x 20.5 in

Life Model Goes Mad III, 1996
Giclee on photo rag paper
20.9 x 20.5 in

"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

Installation view by Victoria Hely-Hutchinson © Faurschou

Installation view by Victoria Hely-Hutchinson © Faurschou

Installation view by Victoria Hely-Hutchinson © Faurschou