Turning Autobiography into art – Tracey Emin – Strangeland… chapter one…

Chapter one of Strangeland begins right back at the beginning of What are in child development the informative years where all our brain programming and personality traits are formed.

 

Key Ideas and themes in chapter one:-

  • Childhood environmental and emotional factors…
  • mother and father not in a conventional relationship…
  • being a twin and having shared the womb and a language as a baby that only they understood…
  • Feeling ” special” or different…
  • child development… discovering ones own body, and her brothers…
  • forming secret innocent relationships with adults… squatting…
  • becoming aware of sexuality of herself and others…
  • ill health… not feeling like a girl… and loosing teeth…
  • mother working so hard in low paid jobs… not being around much…
  • Trying to grow up too quickly… disco’s…being raped… at thirteen…

 

This chapter goes a long way to give a deeper personal insight into much brushed over issues in Emins life.  Work probably informed by these incidents is her embroidered tent, Everyone I have ever slept with.  The tent is an exploration into this intimate and trustful act of being defenceless and sleeping with some one.  Named are the rapist, her mother and father and her twin brother.  This sounds like a sexual statement on the surface but appears deeper than that when explored.  

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