Tracey Emin EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY
Mattress, linens, pillows, objects
79 x 211 x 234 cm
A consummate storyteller, Tracey Emin engages the viewer with her candid exploration of universal emotions. Well-known for her confessional art, Tracey Emin reveals intimate details from her life to engage the viewer with her expressions of universal emotions. Her ability to integrate her work and personal life enables Emin to establish an intimacy with the viewer.
Tracey shows us her own bed, in all its embarrassing glory. Empty booze bottles, fag butts, stained sheets, worn panties: the bloody aftermath of a nervous breakdown. By presenting her bed as art, Tracey Emin shares her most personal space, revealing sheÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s as insecure and imperfect as the rest of the world.
To Meet My Past
Mixed media installation comprised of a four poster bed, mattress and appliquÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©d linens and curtains
I've Got It All
124 x 109 cm
Tracey Emin is almost always portrayed as a Diana-esque femme tragique. ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s rare to get a glimpse of the happy, successful, confident person sheÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s become. IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ve Got It All is a transient crowning glory: a shameless, two-fingers up to her critics. EminÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s triumphed over all, and has money up the whazoo to boot!
Exorcism of the Last Painting I Ever Made
Installation including 14 paintings, 78 drawings, 5 body prints, various painted and personal items, furniture, CDs, newspapers, magazines, kitchen and food supplies
Exorcism of the Last Painting I Ever Made (detail)
Installation details of 14 paintings from a total of 97 works.
In 1974, Joseph Beuys did a performance called I Love America, and America Loves Me where he lived in a gallery with a wild coyote for seven days as a symbolic act of reconciliation with nature. In 1996, Tracey Emin lived in a locked room in a gallery for fourteen days, with nothing but a lot of empty canvases and art materials, in an attempt to reconcile herself with paintings. Viewed through a series of wide-angle lenses embedded in the walls, Emin could be watched, stark naked, shaking off her painting demons. Starting by making images like the artists she really admired (i.e. Egon Schiele, Edvard Munch, Yves Klein), EminÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s two-week art-therapy session resulted in a massive outpouring of autobiographical images, and the discovery of a style all her own. The room was extracted in its entirety, and now exists as an installation work.
104 x 130 cm
104 x 130 cm
Emin is a storyteller whose subject matter comes from Emin’s own rich life. Through the poetry of her honest retelling of unique and intimate life-events Emin establishes a generous dialogue between the viewer and the artist.
Monoprint and stitched label on cotton pillowcase
50 x 73 cm
Using experiences from her own life, Tracey Emin often reveals painful situations with brutal honesty and poetic humour. The personal expands to the universal in the way Emin takes a feeling about her life and forms it into a genuine expression of a human emotion.
Untitled (Porchester Baths)
Oil on board
28 x 26 cm