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Mum, Paul + Me (from Family Suite)
© Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS 2015

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Mum, Paul + Me (from Family Suite) 1994

Not on display

The Family Suite monoprints are among the very earliest and most deeply personal of Emin’s works. The series recalls moments from her childhood in Margate where she lived with her family in a hotel run by her father. Family Suite includes images of Emin’s mother lighting up; her father with his briefcase; a haunting self portrait as a ten-year old; the false front teeth she had fitted at the age of twelve, after her brother had accidentally head-butted her; and various images of sex – perhaps showing Emin herself, or scenes she witnessed. The dark, nervous line created by the monoprint technique gives the works something of the directness of children’s’ drawings.

Glossary Open


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.

Monoprint, Print


  • Acc. No. GMA 4784 K
  • Medium Monoprint
  • Size 11.60 x 10.60 cm (framed 38.00 x 36.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund, the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland and the Gibson Bequest, 2005