An artist I have always followed and have found truly inspirational is Tracey Emin, she is a English born artist and has produced some hugely popular work making her very well known amongst the general public. Well known for her confessional art she engages the viewer with a candid exploration of universal emotions, her ability to integrate her work and personal life enables Emin to establish an incredible intimacy with the viewer. Two of my particular favorite pieces by Emin are ‘My Bed’ (2002) where Emin shows us her bed in all of its embarrassing glory, Empty booze bottles, fag butts, stained sheets, worn pants and so on, by presenting her bed as art and sharing her most intimate space she reveals that she is as insecure and imperfect as the rest of the world.
The other of my favorite works is ‘I have got it all’ (2000) here Tracey depicts a rare glimpse of the happy, confident and successful person she is becoming. Its said that this piece is ‘a shameless two fingers up at her critics’.
Working across nearly every media Tracey Emin and her work are truly unique and inspirational they are blunt and in no way sugar coated she creates work that reflects her personality and her work always seems to shock yet amaze me.