Tracey Emin (born 1963) is a British artist currently living and working in London. Her work includes painting, drawing, video, photography, sculpture, needlework, and installation. Emin draws inspiration from her own life events, creating work that is intensely personal, confessional, and provocative. Emin studied at Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. In 2007, Emin received an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art, and a Doctor of Letters from the University of Kent and a Doctor of Philosophy from London Metropolitan University. Her work has been shown internationally, and Emin frequently donates original works to charity auctions for the NSPCC, and for various HIV/AIDS awareness organizations.
Emin’s work is considered part of the feminist discourse. One of her early works featured an installation titled Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995 featured a tent appliqu?d with names. In 1999, she exhibited My Bed, an installation of the artists own unmade bed, along with used condoms and blood-stained underwear. Emin’s work is visually striking and emotional, weaving personal tales of hopes, dreams, failures, struggles, humor and resolve. Her work has been exhibited internationally in both solo and group exhibitions. Her work is currently on exhibit at Tate Britain in London, the Ackland Art Museum of North Carolina, and the Stills Gallery in Edinburgh.