Born in 1963, Tracey Emin lives and works in London. She represented Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007 and in 2011 she became the Royal Academy’s Professor of Drawing. Again of the YBA’s she is concerned with identity and explores this in one of the most honest ways, leaving herself open and vulnerable. She uses traditionally feminine crafts of quilt making into an arena for angry self-expression and revelation.
Tracey grew up in Margate and studied at Maidstone College of Art in 1986. She was awarded an MA in painting by the Royal College of Art in 1989 and as a doctorate of philosophy. Tracey works with a variety of media, including watercolour, installation, painting, mono-print, neon, drawing, embroidery and photography. Her fluid and loose use of line contributes to the sense of sincerity and spontaneity and Tracey is currently investigating the boundaries of text-based art, exploring the visual forms of writing.