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28 October 2020 18:37

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Tracey Emin Reveals Bladder Cancer Surgery Ahead Of RA Show

Tracey Emin has opened up about her devastating cancer diagnosis. The artist, 57, is now in remission following an operation, but has had many of her reproductive organs removed and a stoma bag fitted. She told Artnet she had been working on a painting of a malignant lump when the tumour in her bladder was discovered. Speaking about the painting, she told the publication: "It's exactly the same as my bladder with the tumour in it, before I knew I had the cancer - it's brilliant!" She said: "At my age now, love is a completely different dimension and level of understanding. She said: "Now, there is a language for women to express themselves, thanks to Me Too. 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.

But she said she is too weak to return to making art. "Yesterday, I was crying because I wanted to paint and I didn't have the energy to do it," she said. Tracey Emin has revealed that she was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and is now in remission following an operation to remove a tumour in her bladder. The 57-year-old artist 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, she told Artnet, Before her diagnosis she had been working on semi-abstract painting, which she later decided was a picture of a malignant lump.

"It's exactly the same as my bladder with the tumour in it, before I knew I had the cancer—it's brilliant!" she told the website. The acclaimed artist, best known for works such as her unmade bed and the tent Everyone I Have Ever Slept With, has 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. "Now, there is a language for women to express themselves, thanks to Me Too," said Emin. "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.

Recent years have seen Emin move from London to her home town of Margate and sell her home in Miami, temporarily giving up drinking and socialising to focus on her work. Tracey Emin discovered a tumour in her bladder (Picture: Getty) 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. Emin was fitted with a stoma (Picture: Getty) She said: 'At my age now, love is a completely different dimension and level of understanding. '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. If you've got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we'd love to hear from you.

Tracey Emin, the YBA artist, best known for her Turner Prize-nominated 'Unmade Bed' has revealed that she has been suffering from bladder cancer. Yesterday, I was crying because I wanted to paint and I didn't have the energy to do it – TE Emin who is fifty-seven years old was diagnosed last spring and underwent major surgery. "Yesterday, I was crying because I wanted to paint and I didn't have the energy to do it," she said. Artnet was told she had been working on a semi-abstract painting early in lockdown that had been "keeping her up at night". "It's exactly the same as my bladder with the tumour in it, before I knew I had the cancer – it's brilliant!" she said. About 10,000 people are diagnosed every year and it's the tenth most common cancer in the UK, according to the NHS. The most common symptom is blood in urine – and while most people with blood in their urine won't have bladder cancer, it's important to get checked. An exhibition of her work is due to open in Brussels on Friday, and her recent paintings will be shown at the Royal Academy in London from 15 November alongside works she has chosen by Edvard Munch. Tracey Emin represented the UK at the Venice Biennale in 2007 with the exhibition Borrowed Light and was elected to the Royal Academy in the same year.