- Tracey Emin, British, 1963-
- Born: Croydon, England
- Work Locations: London, England
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It was Never Sex, 1997
Ink on paper
Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, fractional and promised gift to the Denver Art Museum ©TraceyEmin
Tracey Emin’s work is not based on art theory or lofty interpretative constructs. What you see is what you get in the bold, often insolent, statements of this artist who draws on her past and her present in highly personal sexual declarations. One of the notorious Young British Artists (YBAs) to emerge in the 1990s, Emin expresses her personal, sexual fantasies in a variety of media. One of her more enigmatic works, It was never sex, is a small, delicate ink drawing. An animal with a phallic tail climbs a flight of stairs carrying a small humanoid figure with a tail on its back. Emin asks viewers to find their own interpretations of the relationship between the title, the image, and ultimately themselves.
© Tracey Emin