Saturday, 4 June 2011

Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin. Probably the most controversial artist working today, and one whom controversy is attributed as much her art, as her painting is. Imagine locking yourself in your bedroom for fourteen days straight, you won't leave that room once. You will make sure you have enough food and water to last. Enough paint and canvas to work with, naturally. You will be eating, sleeping, going to the loo and working in here for two weeks, and on top of it all, your descent into near madness will be all caught on camera. Tracey Emin's two week painting therapy session (she'd developed a mental block against painting and this was an attempt to overcome it) resulted in a massive outpouring of autobiographical images and the discovery of her own unique painting style. The room in which she lived was extracted in its entirety, and now exists as an instillation work.

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