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Tracey Emin delivers ‘emotional timebomb’ at her new exhibition

BRITISH artist Tracey Emin is unleashing an “emotional timebomb” at her latest exhibition, homing in on what is important to her as she faces what she calls the third stage of her life.

Emin’s new show “A Fortnight of Tears” includes paintings, sculptures, neon and photography.

“I have had the title for about 15 years but I have never used it. A couple of years ago, my mum died, and I have cried so much in all my life and I thought this is the time to use this title,” she said. “Essentially the show is about big emotional moments in my life, good or bad, hell or happy, this kind of combination of this big emotional churning, reworking, awakening, a big emotional timebomb that has been let off in the gallery.”

“I have always been an advocate of women being able to tell how it feels.”

And, aged 55, she is adamant that she will continue working and speaking out in what she terms the “third stage” of her life.

“I have got another 30 or so years left working, maybe 20 physically working really hard, so I’ve got to make the most of it, I can’t mess around anymore,” Emin said.

“When you get to my age you only have the rest of your life to get it right, you haven’t got all your life. I’m homing in on what’s really important to me now.”

The exhibition at London’s White Cube gallery runs until April 7.


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