45 portraits that "represent every woman" cover the three doors that now form the entrance to the National Portrait Gallery. Hand drawn by Tracey Emin and cast in bronze, The Doors (2023) counterbalance the sculpted roundels, carved into the Faller's façade, depicting prominent male figures from history.
Says Emin about the installation: "Women in history are greatly underrepresented. I didn’t want to depict specific or identifiable figures. I felt like the doors of the National Portrait Gallery should represent every woman, every age and every culture throughout time. I used my self as a mental template, but the end result is many different women, some that exist in my mind and some that perhaps exist in reality here and now, as well as from the past.
"And with all terms of art, it's up to the viewer to discern what they feel and what they see or who they see for that matter. I want people to stand in-front of the doors and say, 'she looks like my mother, she looks like my best friend, my daughter.'"
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