Untitled (emergency room) is one of two recent paintings by the artist acquired in 1998. Their purchase supplements two earlier works by Rae that are also owned by the Tate Collection and give depth to her representation here. Typically, Rae combines contrasting ways of applying paint within a single canvas, leaving the viewer unable to read the painting in any one way. Vividly coloured geometric disks play against a background of vigorous black and white brushwork.
Rae graduated from Goldsmiths College in 1987 and participated in Damien Hirst's Freeze show the following year. She was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1991.