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Tracey Emin She Lay Down Deep Beneath The Sea 2012

copyright the artist courtesy of White Cube

 

BEING TRACEY

Life into Art

 

Marina Vaizey

 

Extract from monograph 2012

That early experience as a shop girl in London has also infiltrated her activities.Emin opened a shop with another artist, Sarah Lucas.On several occasions she offered Emin futures giving certificates to exchange for later art.There was also an effective if temporary and rather delicately tongue in cheek Tracey Emin museum in Waterloo From the end of 2011 there has been a shop in Spitalfields, Emin International,selling all kinds of Emin designed domestic ware, prints and accessories.

She is a natural sales person, an exuberant and charming speaker, and a gifted writer: she has constructed a public personality. This personality is rather wonderfully communicated in her writing, which is imaginative, colourful and aphoristic; it is difficult for the reader to understand where dream or nightmare meets reality.Emin likes working with her hands, and is a skilled needlewoman; it is probably no coincidence that her watercolours look remarkably fine translated into tapestry. When she speaks in public her emotional warmth is vivid, and her hand gestures certainly what the more reserved and conventional Anglophone culture would describe as continental. She shares one curious attribute with Damien Hirst, the ability to name works of art in such a way as to enhance their meaning and ability to communicate. If Hirsts work is all about death, the vast majority of Emins work is about the human emotions of life: depression, exhilaration, exuberance, despair, and above and below everything aspects of love, overtly physical and sexual, but also highly emotional. She anticipates, participates, analyses the aftermath, and describes in some of her vivid prose publications endless sobs and tears and bouts of weeping.

She has happily been a figurehead, a proselytiser and a catalyst for the regeneration of Margate, the place she regards as her home town although she has lived in London for nearly thirty years. Finally in May of 2012 Tracey Emin has come home to Margate, with an exhibition of completely new work, new in terms of mood, consistency and consciousness of arts past. The compilation was headlined Tracey Emin at Turner Contemporary and its title was She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea. Much of the work was completed in the eight months before the exhibition. None had been shown in the 2011 retrospective but did take in most of Emins media: tapestries based on watercolours, drawings, sculptures, neons, monoprints, embroideries. As is perhaps usual in Emins major exhibitions, drawing predominates.

 

Being Tracey: Life into Art Marina Vaizey

Format: 250x200mm 50pp Ill. colour

Keywords Tracey Emin BIC Classification AGB

Print ISBN 978-1908419-35-4 GBP 14.99

 

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