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Viewed almost as an intimate tiny sketchbook of herself, a visual diary. This edition is a great example of Emin's radical painting style which has been influenced by Expressionism. It showcases a universal feeling; raw and bittersweet emotions, which are Emin’s constant subject surrounded around the idea of love, loss, intimacy, and longing.In making herself the subject of her work, and concentrating intensely on figuration, Emin creates bridges with the rich art-historical tradition of the female figure and female nudes. She shows strong emotive force in these pictures, as seen for example in the work of male painters Munch and Schiele, which Emin admires and studied throughout her artistic oeuvre.
Emin has said that “when I saw that these portraits did not look like me, I then realized I was actually drawing how I felt inside my head. An expression of myself in different moments, and this idea doing a few of them would be very honest and will be really free… the idea is how I am feeling.”
"When I was younger I was completely obsessed by Picasso’s Madonna and Child, I did a lot of versions of it, especially when I was at the Royal College of Art. What is so strange, is I did this drawing and I didn’t like and then I put these crazy bat ears on it and it was really funny, but when I removed the bat ears and printed in blue added the breast underneath, this made it very mothering and soft." —Tracey Emin