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Emin places herself centre-stage in
her work, telling intimate stories about her life. 'It's like a cleansing of my soul.
It's not just getting rid of baggage or carnage. It's not that simple. Something actually happens within me.'

 

Several of the works refer to traumas, such as having an abortion or splitting up with her boyfriend. These painful events are conveyed with brutal simplicity and candour but, as she says, 'Being an artist isn't just about making nice things, or people patting you on the back; it's some kind of communication, a message'.

 

November 2002