Tracey Emin

Mum Smoking (from Family Suite) (1994)

About this artwork

The Family Suite monoprints are among the very earliest and most deeply personal of Emin’s works. The series recalls moments from her childhood in Margate where she lived with her family in a hotel run by her father. Family Suite includes images of Emin’s mother lighting up; her father with his briefcase; a haunting self portrait as a ten-year old; the false front teeth she had fitted at the age of twelve, after her brother had accidentally head-butted her; and various images of sex – perhaps showing Emin herself, or scenes she witnessed. The dark, nervous line created by the monoprint technique gives the works something of the directness of children’s’ drawings.

  • title: Mum Smoking (from Family Suite)
  • accession number: GMA 4784 A
  • artist: Tracey EminEnglish (born 1963)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • subject: Emotions Families
  • date created: 1994
  • measurements: 11.60 x 10.60 cm (framed 38.00 x 36.50 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund, the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland and the Gibson Bequest, 2005
  • copyright: © Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS 2016

Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin

Emin was born in London and grew up in Margate. She studied at Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. Emin works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, film, installation, embroidery, neon and text. She uses her personal experiences to make highly confessional works in which she exposes herself, her hopes, humiliations, failures and successes in a very direct manner. Emin deals relentlessly with the minutiae of her life and with the common subjects of sexuality, mortality and what it means to be an artist. She was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1999.