Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin

  • Tracey Emin RA
  • 47 years of age
  • From Croydon, Surrey
  • Her works come in a variety of forms, such as, needlework, video, sculpture, installations and more.

Emin is one of the most successful of the young british artists and went on to represent Britain at the 2007 Venice Biennale, a major contemporary art exhibition held every two years in Italy. In the same year she was also asked to join the Royal Academy of Arts as a Royal Academician, making her Tracey Emin RA.

Tracey Emin is probably most well known for her installation, ‘My Bed’. The installation was a messy bed of Emin’s which included her dirty sheets, used condoms and blood-stained underwear.

Emin's My BedEmin’s needlework is also very popular, in particular her patchwork tent, titled Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995. The tent was last shown as part of Charles Saatchi’s collection but it was destroyed in a tragic fire whilst being stored at the Momart Warehouse. Tracey has since refused to recreate the piece.

“I had the inclination and inspiration 10 years ago to make that, I don’t have that inspiration and inclination now … My work is very personal, which people know, so I can’t create that emotion again — it’s impossible.” Emin said in an interview with the BBC.

Tracey Emin has also helped raise money for charity. NSPCC, Terrence Higgins Trust andThe Global Fund are just a few of the charities that she has helped over the years.

I Promise To Love You (2007)

The neon piece was sold for $220,000

‘I Promise To Love You’ was created by Tracey Emin for Auction (RED), part of a massive campaign by The Global Fund to help raise money for women and children suffering from HIV/AIDS in Africa. The piece was sold for the sum of $220,000, much higher than its original guide price of $60,000 to $80,000.