Tracey Emin is an english artist, returned to expose one of her first works after fifteen years, “My bed”, at the Tate Museum in London.
From yesterday until June will be possible to witness the intimate world of the artist, famous for her talent to involve the viewer, through the exploration of the universal emotions. The first exhibition of her artwork was in 1998, where Tracey exhibited her love for the confessional art. For Emin is important to tie up her work and her personal life, to establish with the spectator some sort of intimacy. The artist shows us her bed, in all its embarrassing glory, which draw us with an irresistible and suggestive force to her personal tales.
Empty bottles of alcohol, cigarette butts, dirty and worn sheets, that show us the aftermath of a nervous breakdown. Presenting to the public her bed as a new form of art, Tracey Emin shares with public her personal space, revealing herself as insecure and imperfect, like all of us. The installation “My bed”, has been compared to some paintings of Francis Bacon chosen by the artist herself to accentuate the presence and the memories of our lives.
When I looked at the room it was disgusting, it was so vile what I was looking at
it seemed so incredibly ugly.
But then when I looked again I saw all of these things out of that room in a different place in my head and I thought
“That’s closed, that’s finished” and then once I had transported that death bed and took it somewhere else in my head
it became something incredibly beautiful.”
Text by Chiara Manzoni
Tracey Emin, 2001