It wouldn't Go, 2009

Mixed Media

Embroidered cotton.

11.26 x 14.17 in

28.6 x 36.0 cm

Unique Work

    About The Work

    This embroidered work by Tracey Emin has an abstracted and sketchy quality that makes it difficult to tell what is happening. There appear to be two figures, one huddled on a bed and the other standing. The words embroidered below, "It just wouldn't go away so I left," make the image seem ominous and disquieting. The very sketchiness of the style, which looks like pencil from a distance, belies the time and deliberation it must have taken Emin to embroider the image with thread. This deliberation heightens the impression that the image captured is one of a moment—whether a dream, a memory, or a nightmare—that demanded of Emin precise and painstaking documentation.

    Emin says, "Drawing is about the line. Through my embroideries, the line I draw is accentuated and extreme, which complements the way that I think. I'm on a constant search for clarity."

    About Tracey Emin

    From The Magazine

    • This work is framed. Frame measurements are 18.39" x 21.10" x 1.57".
    • Ships in 10 to 14 business days from New York.
    • This work is final sale and not eligible for return.

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