The Simple Truth

1995

Emin, Tracey
Tracey Emin has mined the archive of her life story to produce a body of work that is in turn, humorous, acerbic, poignant and disturbing. Detailing everyday incidents using a variety of media including drawing, sewing, writing, painting and video, Emin's journey is ultimately one of catharsis and redemption. 'The Simple Truth' was made in 1995 following an extended visit to the US. This, her first blanket piece, was not originally intended as a work for display, but simply to serve as a bedspread in her hotel room. At the time of its production, the work reflected the artist's feelings about America, and the art world in general: 'I could have quite easily sewn the words "Fuck you all" or "I'll be back", but instead I made a positive response, "Tracey Emin, Here to Stay". Basically, whether people want it or not'. Susan May
  • Artwork Details: 216 x 235cm
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  • Material description: wool, cotton and felt
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Textile
  • Accession number: ACC74/1997

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