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This photograph is one of two naked self-portraits taken in a beach hut near Margate that Emin bought in 1992. She used the hut as a weekend retreat and enjoyed owning property for the first time: ‘I was completely broke and it was brilliant, having your own property by the sea’.

The photograph is reminiscent of the work of the Austrian painter Egon Schiele, whom Emin much admires; her pose recalls the vulnerable, dejected figure of a punished child.

October 2004