Named one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK by BBC Radio 4, Tracey Emin CBE RA challenges viewers with her self-referential and notoriously provocative works. Classified as autobiographical or confessional art, Emin’s practice is one in which her life and her art are inseparable. She is disinterested in the outside world, translating into her artworks only that which impacts her life.

One of the leading figures of the Young British Artists (YBA), a term coined by their patron, Charles Saatchi, Emin caught public attention surrounded by fellow artists such as Damien Hirst and Sarah Lucas. Yet, it was the submission of her installation work My Bed, now her most iconic work, for the 1999 Turner Prize that sparked much critical debate and launched her fame.

Working in painting, screenprinting, drawing, photography, sculpture, needlework, video, installation, neon and more, Emin’s illustrations of her experiences and emotions are uniquely honest, much like the artist herself. Known as the artworld bad girl, Emin’s artwork deconstructs her celebrity status to expose the struggles we all face but rarely admit.

Emin’s success is proven by her extensive exhibition history, from solo exhibitions to the Venice Biennale as well as her status as a Royal Academician and Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art, London. Her honest artwork even earned her the title CBE or Commander of the Order of the British Empire, in 2013, that which is awarded to people in recognition of the positive impact of their work.

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