Carolina Nitsch

Tracey Emin – Monotypes
Published by Carolina Nitsch

Tracey Emin – Monotypes
Published by Carolina Nitsch

Printmaking has often been an important aspect of Tracey Emin’s art practice, from her earliest monoprint/drawings in the 1990’s to her print collaboration with Louise Bourgeois in 2010 entitled “Do Not Abandon Me” (also published by Carolina Nitsch), Emin has been making prints in one form or another. This body of work coincides with her recent series of figurative works which illustrate her shifting sensibilities of passion, love and permanence. Nitsch introduced Emin to master printer Maurice Sanchez at his studio in Long Island City to produce a series of works on paper. Monotype printing is essentially a method for an artist to draw or paint on a substrate which is then transferred to paper through a press. 

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There is no matrix as in reproductive printing, so each print is in essence, unique. This transfer process yields particularly exceptional qualities in the image that cannot be achieved any other way. A certain aqueous fluidity reveals itself that could not be realized by painting on paper alone. After the initial print a few more “pulls” can be achieved, although these are lighter and are called “ghost prints”. With some of these ghost prints, Emin then painted directly on the paper to pull back some of the hidden elements producing a hybrid of drawing and print.

Image: Tracey Emin working at Derriere L'Etoile printshop

Installation view at Carolina Nitsch Project Room

Tracey Emin

Sunday Morning with You, 2015
Monotype on Somerset paper
29 3/8
 x 43 in. (74.6 x 109.2 cm)
Signed, dated, titled 
$20,000.00

The works in this series are overtly classical yet deeply personal. Some of the images recall Michelangelo’s late “prisoner” sculptures where the figures appear to be struggling to free themselves from stone. One could also find elements of Courbet, Manet, Rodin and of course Schiele. Emin’s affinity to Egon Schiele is unmistakable and it is from this modernist sensibility that she draws and expands upon. Themes of provocation and sexuality are apparent in many compositions while others speak of unrequited love, suffering, longing and desire. Emin is probing the difficult expanse between love and lust; loneliness and being at peace, alone; bitter separation and letting go without attachment. These works on paper are like poems, hinting at a self-reflective journey of love.

-Carolina Nitsch

Tracey Emin

To Be Awake with You, 2015
Monotype
30 ¼ x 44 ½ inches (76.8 x 113 cm)

Signed, dated, titled

 $20,000.00

Tracey Emin

You Saw Me First, 2015
Monotype on Somerset paper

29 ½ x 38 ¾ inches (74.9 x 98.4 cm)
Signed, dated, titled
$22,000.00

Installation view at Carolina Nitsch Project Room

Tracey Emin

An Ordinary Day, 2015
Monotype on Somerset paper
29 ½ x 38 ¾ inches (74.9 x 98.4 cm)
Signed, dated, titled
$22,000.00

Tracey Emin

Sleeping on a Sunday, 2015
Monotype on Somerset paper
26 ¾ x 36 ½ inches (67.9 x 92.7 cm)
Signed, dated, titled
EMI-0052
$22,000.00

Installation view at Carolina Nitsch Project Room

Tracey Emin

Pray to be with You, 2015
Monotype on Somerset paper
22 ¼ x 30 ¼ inches (56.5 x 76.8cm)
Signed, dated, titled
EMI-0089
$16,000.00

Tracey Emin
Another Beautiful Morning, 2015
Monotype on Somerset paper
Signed, dated, titled
22 ¼ x 30 ¼ inches (56.5 x 76.8cm)
$16,000.00

Tracey Emin

I’ve Buried my Heart, 2015
Monotype on Somerset paper
22 ¼ x 30 ¼ inches (56.5 x 76.8cm)
Signed, dated, titled
$16,000.00

Tracey Emin

Stone Love, 2015
Monotype on Somerset paper
22 1/8 x 30 ¼ in. (56.2 x 76.8 cm)
Signed, dated, titled
$16,000.00 

Tracey Emin

She Wanted to be with You, 2015
Monotype with hand painting on Somerset paper
22 ¼ x 30 ¼ inches (56.5 x 76.8cm)
Signed, dated, titled
$18,000.00

Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin was born in London in 1963, and studied at Maidstone College of Art and painting at the Royal College of Art, London. She has exhibited extensively internationally including solo and group exhibitions in Holland, Germany, Japan, Australia and America. In 2007 Emin represented Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale, becoming the second female artist to ever do so. That same year, Emin was made a Royal Academician and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art, a Doctor of Letters from the University of Kent and a Doctor of Philosophy from London Metropolitan University. In 2011 she became the Royal Academy's Professor of Drawing and in 2012, Queen Elizabeth II appointed her Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her contributions to the visual arts.

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