This signed lithograph from 2015 is a limited edition of 500 from Tracey Emin’s Neons collection. The lithograph shows Emin’s own handwriting, which reads “Iove is what you want”, encircled by a bright neon heart.
Emin is known for the confessional nature of her art, bringing her life and feelings to the forefront of the work. The confessional quality of Emin's works take many different forms, from written to visual. Based off an earlier art work of the same name (2011), Love Is What You Want sees Emin manipulate neon tubes to mimic her own handwriting, reinforcing the personal nature of her work.
Love Is What You Want has had one of the most favourable exhibition histories among Emin’s neons. The original art piece created in 2011 bore the name of the title of Emin’s first retrospective show which was held at the Hayward Gallery in the summer of that same year. The title of the work is an indirect quotation from Marc Bolan, one of Emin’s favourite musicians, who in his song Planet Queen, rendered with his band T. Rex, claimed “Love is what she want”. Exhibited as part of the Hayward exhibition, the work was later part of the I Promise To Love You Project, in which Emin was asked to present a series of works in Times Square on the occasion of the Midnight Moment of February 2013.