Tracey Emin- Everyone I have ever slept with 1963-1995

Tracey Emin controversially created a tent which had all 102 names of the individuals she had ever had slept with, whether sexual or not, sewn into various parts of it. Many viewers misconstrued this to mean everyone she had ever had sex with and yet she was famously quoted stating that even her grandmothers name was inside the tent as she used to sleep in the same bed as her grandmother sometimes.
Due to the nature of how many viewed the piece, she came under much praise from fellow artists but equally a lot of hatred, people found the fact the tent was destroyed in 2004 in a fire funny and mocked the artists who had lost their work in that fire. Tracey Emin felt this was a great shame upon the british public and their lack of empathy when something as dreadful as a fire has destroyed other individuals creations. Instead newspapers and the public alike made cruel jokes against the artists but despite her views on them, when offered a large sum of money to recreate the piece she declined because she didn’t have the inspiration for it anymore after a decade had passed.
The piece itself is powerful, its striking and takes something everyone associates with youth and childhood and adds something associated with adult life. Peoples immediate assumptions on pieces of artwork can either be greatly damaging or highly useful.
This piece is of particular interest in me, due to the fact it displays a more vulnerable side, which is what my piece aims to do, its not something which should make people feel comfortable, the aim is to make them feel empathy for the individual. I hope that when the audience of Emin’s tent and they found out some of the names of the people inside the tent were not people she had even voluntarily slept with they did feel a mass amount of empathy for the artist.


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