Artist Tracey Emin has revealed that she underwent an operation this summer after it was discovered that a cancerous tumour was found in her bladder.
The artist, 57, who was diagnosed in spring, also revealed that she was working on a painting of a malignant lump while discovering the news. “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 in an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine.
In the same conversation, Emin revealed: “When I found out I had the cancer, I could deal with it because I thought, this has actually come at a good time, not a bad time. I was feeling happy, excited about my future – anything could happen, like the stars were aligning.
“I just felt really good. I’m excited about moving to my new house. I want to stay indoors and paint. I want to work. I don’t want to waste time.”
In an extremely traumatic period, Emin revealed that a large portion of her reproductive organs needed to be removed during the serious operation. The subsequent results of such a major surgery was that she has now been fitted with a stoma bag.
When asked about her future, the artist replied: “Well, it’s a lot different from what it was before, to get past Christmas would be a good one.”
While Emin is now focused on her health and recovery from surgery, the artist also explained that she completed a new collection prior to her cancer surgery entitled ‘Detail of Love’, a show which opens this month in Brussels. “At my age now, love is a completely different dimension and level of understanding,” she said.
“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.”