Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin, CBE, RA is an English artist known for her autobiographical and confessional artwork. Emin produces work in a variety of media including drawing, sculpture, photography, neon text and sewn appliqué. Once the "enfant terrible" of the Young British Artists in the 1980s, Tracey Emin is now a Royal Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts. In 1997, her work Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995, a tent appliquéd with the names of everyone the artist had shared a bed with was shown at Charles Saatchi's Sensation exhibition held at the Royal Academy in London; the same year, she gained considerable media exposure when she swore in a state of drunkenness on a live discussion programme called The Death of Painting on British television. In 1999, Emin had her first solo exhibition in the United States at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, entitled Every Part of Me's Bleeding; that year, she was a Turner Prize nominee and exhibited My Bed – a readymade installation, consisting of her own unmade dirty bed, in which she had spent several weeks drinking, eating and having sexual intercourse while undergoing a period of severe emotional flux.

The artwork featured blood-stained underwear. Emin is a panellist and speaker: she has lectured at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, the Royal Academy of Arts, the Tate Britain in London about the links between creativity and autobiography, the role of subjectivity and personal histories in constructing art. Emin's covers a variety of different media, including needlework and sculpture, drawing and installation, photography and painting. In December 2011, she was appointed Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy. Emin lives in Spitalfields, east London. Emin was born in Croydon, a district of south London, to an English mother of Romanichal descent, brought up in Margate, with her twin brother, Paul. Emin shares a paternal great-grandfather with her second cousin Meral Hussein-Ece, Baroness Hussein-Ece; this ancestor, was a Sudanese slave in the Ottoman Empire. Via her father, she is of Turkish Cypriot descent. Emin was raped at the age of 13 while living in Margate, citing assaults in the area as "what happened to a lot of girls."

Her work has been analysed within the context of early adolescent and childhood abuse, as well as sexual assault. She studied fashion at Medway College of Design. There she was associated with The Medway Poets. Emin and Childish were a couple until 1987, during which time she was the administrator for his small press, Hangman Books, which published Childish's confessional poetry. In 1984 she studied printing at Maidstone Art College. In 1995, she was interviewed in the Minky Manky show catalogue by Carl Freedman, who asked her, "Which person do you think has had the greatest influence on your life?" She replied, "Uhmm... It's not a person really, it was more a time, going to Maidstone College of Art, hanging around with Billy Childish, living by the River Medway". In 1987, Emin moved to London to study at the Royal College of Art, where in 1989 she obtained an MA in painting. After graduation, she had two traumatic abortions and those experiences led her to destroy all the art she had produced in graduate school and described the period as "emotional suicide".

Her influences included Edvard Munch and Egon Schiele, for a time she studied philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London. One of the paintings that survives from her time at Royal College of Art is Friendship, in the Royal College of Art Collection. Additionally, a series of photographs from her early work that were not destroyed were displayed as part of My Major Retrospective. In 1993, Emin opened a shop with fellow artist Sarah Lucas, called The Shop at 103 Bethnal Green Road in Bethnal Green, which sold works by the two of them, including T-shirts and ash trays with Damien Hirst's picture stuck to the bottom. In November 1993, Emin had her first solo show at a contemporary art gallery in London, it was called My Major Retrospective, was autobiographical, consisting of personal photographs, photos of her early paintings, as well as items which most artists would not consider showing in public. In the mid-1990s, Emin had a relationship with Carl Freedman, an early friend of, collaborator with, Damien Hirst, who had co-curated seminal Britart shows, such as Modern Medicine and Gambler.

In 1994, they toured the US together, driving in a Cadillac from San Francisco to New York, making stops en route where she gave readings from her autobiographical book Exploration of the Soul to finance the trip. The couple spent time by the sea in Whitstable together, using a beach hut that she uprooted and turned into art in 1999 with the title The Last Thing I Said to You is Don't Leave Me Here, and, destroyed in the 2004 Momart warehouse fire. In 1995, Freedman curated the show Minky Manky at the South London Gallery. Emin has said, At that time Sarah was quite famous. Carl said to me that I should make some big work as he thought the small-scale stuff I was doing at the time wouldn't stand up well. I was furious. Making that work was my way at getting back at him; the result was her "tent" Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995, first exhibited in the show. It was a blue tent, appliquéd with the names of everyone she has slept with


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