Initial Artist Choice

Originally my chosen artists to take into a tutorial were Tracey Emin and The Chapman Brothers, both alike in controversial work and where they exhibit their pieces but different in what they do/what their work is about. The Chapman Brothers are very dark artists, they create artworks based on the darkest depths of humanity, the torturous, evil side and look into ideas like hell and genocide. Tracey Emin on the other hand creates work based on her own mental issues, her installation piece ‘My Bed’ was based on a mental breakdown. Emin’s work has been widely criticised as an insult to artwork due to her very abrupt honest approach to taboo subjects like female sexuality and mental health.

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I chose to base my work around Tracey Emin because of her clear link to mental health issues, whilst also looking at her controversial side within the media. The idea that with mental health if an artist like Emin can get people who wouldn’t usually be interested in this kind of work, talking about it and about the meaning behind it then there is part of the battle overcome. Society is very tough when it comes to subjects like this and if they don’t wish to acknowledge these problems then they won’t.

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I then chose to look at the Chapman Brothers, having seen their work in Prague I was quite interested in what they were producing, although it did seem that a lot of it was being done purely to be controversial for the sake of being controversial. Their very graphic way of working makes it difficult for people to hide from what is in front of them. My main interest was their very surreal look on things, but basing these things on genuine social issues like consumerism and its impact on our lives.


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