Tracey Emin reveals cancer treatment following bladder tumour

Tracey Emin has revealed she was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and is in remission following an operation.

The 57-year-old acclaimed artist had been working on a painting of a malignant lump when the tumour in her bladder was discovered.

Emin, best known for works such as her unmade bed and the tent Everyone I Have Ever Slept With, was diagnosed in spring and underwent an operation in the summer.

Many of her reproductive organs were removed and she was fitted with a stoma bag.

Speaking about the painting, she shared with Artnet: ‘It’s exactly the same as my bladder with the tumour in it, before I knew I had the cancer — it’s brilliant!’

Emin recently completed a new collection, Detail of Love, which opens this month in Brussels.

She said: ‘At my age now, love is a completely different dimension and level of understanding.

‘I don’t want children, I don’t want all the things that you might subconsciously crave when you’re young — I just want love.

‘And as much love as I can possibly have. I want to be smothered in it, I want to be devoured by it. And I think that is OK.’

She also reflected on the Me Too movement and how she had previously been criticised for discussing her own experience of sexual assault.

‘Now, there is a language for women to express themselves, thanks to Me Too,’ Emin added.

‘It’s good that times are catching up, but I wish I hadn’t been accused of being narcissistic back then.’

Since her operation, Emin has been unable to paint, although she has worked on a series of photographs of her own body as part of an ‘existential’ project.

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