Technique and condition
The following entry is based on an interview with Tracey Emin at Tate Britain on 26 August 2004, as well as the conservation record held in Sculpture Conservation.
Wall hanging blanket incorporating cut out fabric lettering and a ready-made flag hand sewn in cotton thread and wool to the face surface. The textiles used are: wool, cotton chintz, felt, satin, velvet and rope. The attached flag is the only man made element. The blanket hangs from a wooden pole fitted through a double fold in the fabric along the top edge.
The finish is relatively even although the cut out fabric has not been hemmed and the edges are frayed.
The blanket reads (including original spelling): PERMISSION TO FIRE / ENZINE /YOU CRUEL HEARTLESS BITCH /THE WORST I COULD DO IS BETRAYE / I HATE WOMEN LIKE YOU/YOU HAVE NO IDEA OF FAITH/ROT IN HELL / ONE DAY YOU WILL ASK YOURSELF WHAT HAVE I DONE TO LATE / THERES NO ONE IN THIS ROOM WHO HAS NOT THOUGHT OF KILLING.
A further (written) inscription reads (original spelling and layout);
Not Guilty an act of Justice IN WAR.
How did you Get away with it, I HAVE
ALWAYS Said, You should be tried
FOR Crimes against Humanity-
And you, supposed mother- A
mother who Reiked of Power CRAZY
Hate and Fear, of all the terrible things
That you did, in the name of politicle
conquest - The death of so many- must
Never be Forgotton-
In 1982, A year so many concripts did
not go home- Because you, you
Killed them all.
There is also a small satin label on the bottom right hand corner written on in pink biro reads: Hate and Power can be a terrible Thing Tracey Emin 2004
Evidence of previous insect infestation to the blanket meant that upon acquisition the piece was treated as a preventative measure. There is also some staining to the textiles but this is in keeping with the work’s re-used nature. Emin noted in the interview of August 2004 that she wishes the blanket to stay in its current condition.
Jodie Glen-Martin and Bryony Bery