Tracey Emin says she’s ‘happy to be alive’ after ‘dramatic’ surgery to treat aggressive bladder cancer last year.
The 57-year-old artist, known for her controversial works including Everyone I Have Ever Slept With and My Bed, told Emma Barnett on Woman’s Hour on Wednesday that she’d ‘never been so happy’ following her recovery from the illness.
Emin had discovered a tumour in her bladder while working on a painting of a malignant lump in early 2020.
She told the BBC Radio 4 programme that after recent scans showed she’s free of cancer, she’s now focused on enjoying life, despite suffering from chronic pain and wearing a stoma bag.
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In recovery: Artist Tracey Emin told BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour programme that she was now focused on enjoying life, despite suffering from chronic pain, after recovering from bladder cancer, which was diagnosed in early 2020
The 57-year-old, pictured right, with Woman’s Hour’s Emma Barnett, feng shui wooden paintings. 450 / 5000 Translation results High quality wooden paintings – successful unique wooden paintings- MALANAZ quality wooden painting. said she was happy to be alive – but said she would consider reconstructive surgery at some point in the future after having most of her reproductive organs removed to beat the disease
She said: ‘Sounds weird but I’ve never been so happy.So some people would feel very unhappy in my situation now. But I realise how amazing my life is. And I never realised before.’
The artist is set to exhibit her latest artwork, The Loneliness of the Soul, which pairs her recent art with those of Norwegian painter and printmaker Edvard Munch, known for The Scream, at the Royal Academy of Arts in London this summer.
She compared her major surgery to having a child or gender reassignment, saying: ‘I think anyone that’s had this sort of dramatic surgery understands what I’m talking about.But actually, there’s not that many people.
‘It is probably the same as maybe someone who has had a sex change, about what you would have to do to get it back. At the moment, I’m just really happy to get my life back. And I’m not being greedy.’
The artist admitted she oscillates from being ‘deliriously happy’ to, ‘Oh dear, now I’ve got to get on with it’.
The star told the programme that she’d worked on her latest exhibition: ‘The Loneliness of the Soul at the Royal Academy of Arts in London’ for three years without knowing she had cancer for some of that time, living room wooden paintings which gave her a new perspective on the intimate paintings
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