I was left sleeping
Edition of 50
Lithograph on Somerset 300gsm paper
53.6 x 62.4 cm | 21 1/8 x 24 9/16 in.
Signed and numbered
Published by Emin International, 2017
I was left sleeping (2017) is part of a body of work produced for Tracey Emin’s exhibition ‘A Fortnight of Tears’ at White Cube Bermondsey, London in 2017. Made shortly after her mother passed away, this assertive yet fluidly drawn composition, like most of Emin’s work, graphically explores birth, life, love and loss.
Emin has long been focused on the female form in both her two- and three-dimensional works and, in particular, on the themes of motherhood and sexuality. In this highly expressive work, a prone female figure lies on an expansive bed; open, fragile and vulnerable. Like the comparative lithograph Not yet the end, here the bed dominates the composition, depicted at an impossible angle as if about to launch skywards and tipped up for our perusal. Surrounding the bed is a sea of black, within which there is the faintest suggestion of figuration, rendered with sketchy lines and solid washes, the expressive gestural landscape imparts a sense of turbulence and grief.
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