Emin, best known for jobs like her unmade bed and the tent I slept in, was diagnosed in the spring and had surgery in the summer.
She told Artnet that she had been working on a painting of a malignant mass when the tumor in her bladder was discovered.
Speaking about the painting, she told the publication, “It’s exactly the same as my bladder with the tumor in it, before I knew I had cancer – it’s great! “
Emin 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.
“I don’t want kids, I don’t want all the things you subconsciously crave when you’re young – I just want love.”
“And as much love as I can get. I want to be suffocated in it, I want to be devoured by it. And I think it’s OK.
She also reflected on the Me Too movement and how she had previously been criticized for discussing her own experience of sexual assault.
She said, “Now there is a language for women to speak out, thanks to Me too.”
“It’s good that the 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.
In recent years, Emin has moved from London to his hometown of Margate and sell his house in Miami, temporarily giving up drinking and socializing to focus on his job.