Award winning conceptual artist Tracey Emin has turned her creativity to the most traditional form of art making: drawing. This freed her from the tyranny of perspective, shading, modeling, rendering the anatomy, and all the other constraints of conventional drawing. Her drawings are eruptions of emotion swathed in memory.
It is a bright, cold April day and Tracey Emin is perched by the flickering gas fire at her local, The Golden Heart in Spitalfields, owned by Emin's great mate Sandra, who calls everyone "babe". Emin had ducked in so quietly that I didn't notice her until she stood in front of me, unfolding a huge glistening red and blue scarf. Underneath she is wearing Helmut Lang jeans and a gold Vivienne Westwood top that quivers over her amazing boobs - she has the torso of Marilyn Monroe - and the flat stomach of a teenager.
Artist Tracey Emin has unveiled her latest work - new 34DD breasts following reduction surgery. Exhibitionist Tracey, 46, famous for sharing her unmade bed with the world, had the op after her boobs kept growing. She said: "I was a 34G.
Tracey Emin announces her arrival at her studio with a tentative miaow. She's greeted with a chirpy chorus of hellos from her all-female team, who are sitting around on the floor tearing up squares of flowery fabric and quietly tidying spools and bobbins. An assistant shuffles up with an urgent question about cerise thread. Emin listens patiently and then asks her politely for a pot of redbush tea.
It's no surprise that most advertisements these days don't portray women in a realistic or respectful light, with mass-produced images ranging from offensive to downright absurd. Instead of rolling her eyes like the rest of us, year-old artist Sarah Maple decided to do something about it. Maple specifically took issue with The Sun, a British tabloid that has turned splashing topless advertisements onto "Page 3" into a strange tradition.
My art director arrives in 20 minutes to go over her ideas for my corporate identity new business cards soon—yay! I have never had the back or neck aches that some large-breasted women experience, but I sympathize with those who do. It saddens me when a woman gets a reduction out of shame or embarrassment, and it makes me mad when others pressure her to get one.
Even in an interview, Tracey Emin wants to show you things, wants to spread her whole life out before you. But that is not enough for her, she wants to show you more, much more - and she has filing cabinets full, vast archives of her life. When we met the first time, she said it had to be at her studio because her house was off-limits to journalists.