Tracey Emin’s Art

I think Tracey Emin’s art is very compelling. It’s autobiograpical, personal and honest. I love any opportunity to gain insight into someone’s mind and she affords us that luxury.


 Emin’s emotions are laid bare in her work. Often in a raw, vulgar and aggresive way. She exposes her intimate thoughts and experiences in her confessional art work and I find it really engaging.

There’s definitely controversy around her and many critics perceive her to be a self-pitying fake who has been lucky enough to wing a career for attention-seeking.


Art is a personal preference, what moves one person will make another deeply uncomfortable and Tracey Emin’s work has always split her viewers.

I think her work is authentic and in it she portrays her history of abuse, incest, abortions, sex, illness and the fragility of her own mind with emotive passion.


What does everyone else think? Is Tracey Emin a con artist who’s neurotic outpourings have made her money that she doesn’t deserve,  or is she courageous to display her raw emotions and show the world what it was like to be a young person struggling to deal with the cruelties of life?


4 Responses

  1. these are amazing, definitely gonna check her out! x

  2. I agree with you Lisa.
    I love artists like Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst. People may point out and ask the question ‘how is this art?’ followed by ‘I could make that.’ After visiting a few galleries with my boyfriend he outlined that such questions may be brought up but art is all about a new idea and although anyone may think they are able to recreate a certain piece the point is that the piece has already been created, a new idea has been developed and now can be categorised as art. I think this is why I love the controversy surrounding the above artists. Tracey Emin’s ‘bed’ was simple and although anyone could make such a piece I think the point is, they didn’t, which makes such artists challenging and on edge.


  3. Exactly! You get it as I do.
    Damien Hirst’s ‘Away from the Flock’ is another example.
    “Oh I could preserve a sheep in Formaldehyde and call it art.” Really? You’d have thought of that? I think not.
    It’s not just the fact that it’s a unique piece of art but the title ‘away from the flock’ tells you it’s alone, it’s detached from all it knows.
    Doesn’t it make you feel deeply sorry for that sheep? Don’t you just want to smash that glass and take the little sheep to the closest field and flock so that all can feel right in your world again?
    For me, that’s art. If I’m feeling it, it’s good. 🙂


  4. In the summer I visited the walker gallery in Liverpool and came across a duo that call themselves the ‘little artists’ or John Cake and Darren Neave and they had recreated Tracey Emin and her ‘bed’ and Damien Hirst and his shark out of Lego.
    I am unsure how to upload images via a reply but they are brilliant.


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