Tracey Emin

b. 1963, Croydon, UK. Lives and works in London, UK


Tracey Emin
Tracey Emin, I Kiss You, 2004


Tracey Emin is known for using her own life as focal point for work that explores love, loss, sex, and memory. Drawing on her working class roots in Margate, Kent, the evocative stories of Emin's youth and adulthood are held up as a mirror to our own private experiences. Working in a range of media, most notably neon, applique, monoprint, and film, Emin's art is both fragile and defiant in its honesty and its aesthetic. I Kiss You (2004) offers a dissarmingly direct sentiment in pink neon, replicating the artist's handwriting. By expressing aspects of our lives that are frequently secret or hidden, Emin confronts societal taboos and imagines an arena for deeper engagement with each other and ourselves.