Tracey Emin Says She Has Been ‘Neglected’ As An Artist | Tracey Emin
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Tracey Emin claims that she has been “overlooked” as an artist and that people have failed to understand the seriousness of her work.
The 58-year-old rose to fame and notoriety in the 90s with her applique tent, Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995, and has been in the limelight ever since. But she said people didn’t understand the “seriousness” of her art.
Instead, she told BBC Radio 4’s This Cultural Life, she was called a “narcissistic, deranged and screaming banshee.”
His recent exhibits include a 2018 neon sign at St Pancras Station in London that says “I want my time with you” and last year his paintings, neon lights and sculptures were on display alongside those of Edvard Munch at the Royal Academy.
When asked if her painting had been forgotten, she replied, “No, I think I have been forgotten. I think they just thought I was some kind of narcissistic, deranged, screaming banshee.
In the interview, which will air on Saturday night, Emin said life as an artist is “really lonely.”
“You can’t be an artist hanging out at a giant party, that will never work,” she said.
“There is a part of you that has to go deep inside, like I say ‘inside the cave,’ and if you don’t go into the cave you will never do art. You have to be able to stand and see yourself in order to be able to do art.
Last year, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer, but after undergoing a series of operations, she announced in April that he was gone.
Upon her recovery, she said her life was saved by medical science – and love, claiming she fell in love just before being diagnosed with cancer.
“My surgeon was adorable,” she says. “A robot did all of my operations, which is pretty amazing. But I think love saved me. I really think love saved me this time, not art. I fell in love just before I found out I had cancer.
Emin also recounted how a chance meeting with David Bowie at a Lebanese restaurant in Kensington in 1996 led her to befriend the late musician.
“Someone leaned over the table and said, ‘I’m so sorry to interrupt, my name is David and I just want to say how much I love your job.’ And I looked up and David Bowie is looking at me, and I said ‘the same’, ”she said.
“And we became friends. It was just amazing that the only person I was ever a huge starstruck fan that I became friends with.
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