Just Remember How It Was
© Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS 2013

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Just Remember How It Was 1998
This work is typical of Emin's confrontational and uninhibited style. To make her monoprints, Emin places a sheet of paper, or cloth in this instance, on an inked glass surface and spontaneously scrawls out words and images. This technique produces single, unique prints. The artist is required to draw and write in reverse, making the process awkward. The use of stitching in this work connects it to Emin's large-scale blankets and other appliquéd work. When seem from a distance, her art has a child-like simplicity which belies its raw expression and directness. It has an immediate impact on the viewer.

Glossary Open


A means of decorating textiles by cutting a design from one fabric and applying it to another.


A print made as a single and unique work of art by any printing technique.


An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Appliqué, Monoprint, Print


  • Acc. No. GMA 4211
  • Medium Monoprint on calico with stitching
  • Size 34.20 x 41.00 cm (irregular)
  • Credit Purchased 1998