There should be something revelatory about art. It should be totally creative and open doors for new thoughts and experiences.

— Tracey Emin

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It's my memory, and what happened between that moment 10 or 15 years ago and now, there's a lot of gray area

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Most people don't do something seminal.

I've done it twice: with my tent and my bed. Picasso did it with Cubism.

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What's really good about the word 'art' is that 'art' is a word like 'love,' or 'god,' or whatever. It transcends so many things.

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I feel physically ill if I don't make work, I don't create.

I don't feel very good. I don't feel right, I feel wrong.

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Being an artist and having to be responsible for the art that you make is really quite challenging, and as you get older it becomes more and more difficult.

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I had become conscious of my physicality, aware of my presence and open to the ugly truths of the world. At the age of thirteen, I realised that there was a danger in innocence and beauty, and I could not live with both.

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My influences were from Europe from between 1900 and 1945.

My favorite artists were Egon Schiele or Edvard Munch. I wasn't interested in contemporary art at all.

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People don't remember. Revenge is sweet.

12

I'm not trying to find another thing that's wrong with me, but I'm such a nice person, and I have a couple of drinks and I'm really good fun and then I'm really not fun

12

I thought it would be my one and only exhibition so I decided to call it My Major Retrospective.

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There's so much stuff said about me that's not true, so now if something is hurtful and wrong, I send an e-mail or letter immediately, saying, This is not true.

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When I think about sex it makes me realise how alone I feel.

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About Tracey Emin

Quotes 56 sayings
Profession Artist
Birthday July 3, 1963

Maybe I don't believe things myself, as well. Truth is such a transient thing...

5

I don't ask for an apology because it's only tomorrow's fish-and-chip paper.

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There is no comparison between him and me;

he developed a whole new way of making art and he's clearly in a league of his own. It would be like making comparisons with Warhol.

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People try constantly to use me and I hate it.

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One thing that success has taught me is censorship.

4

It wasn't so much destroying my dancing, it was destroying me

4

Theres different kinds of love, and Id never experienced that kind of totally platonic love. All the love Ive experienced has always been a kind of deal, and now, as I get older, I realise that theres this other love out there.

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For me, being an artist with a high profile is a good thing for art.

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If I didn't want to work for a couple of years I wouldn't have to - it's a great feeling, to know I'm doing it because I want to do it.

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It pleases me that people can be interactive

3

When I am ill or upset he jumps up on to the bed to curl up close beside me.

But if I am in bed with a hangover he will have nothing to do with me.

2

I really love animals. My cat is my little soul mate. He's not just a cat, he's my friend.

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Sometimes i feel lonely, but it's ok

1

I'm a terrible cook, but if I could cook, I would see that in art as well, it's how much creative energy you put into something.

1

I know people went to laugh at my bed and to jeer at it.

Still, at least they actually went to see it.

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If I were really, truly in love with someone who was truly in love with me, then I would get married, but that would be the only reason I'd get married.

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I found that life has to be edited to continue.

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I'm not opposed to commerce, even though I'm an artist.

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Strolling on the plateau of life, desperate for the mountain, I never thought that I would get this far. It's only art that has carried me through, given me faith in my own existence. But now I am approaching a point in my life where I desire more.

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Art is like a lover whom you run away from but who comes back and picks you up.

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When I have an exhibition, I usually arrange it so that if people want to, they can spend two hours there. That way, people who like it don't feel cheated when they go. I want them to walk into the exhibition space and look low and at other levels and angles. The same with emotions. I want them to be emotionally manipulated, to come out feeling something. I want them to laugh, smile, feel sad. Even if they feel angry, that's okay.

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I've got over so much. Mum wouldn't want anything to come into my life that would make me fragile again

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When it comes to words I have a uniqueness that I find almost impossible in art – and it's my words that actually make my art quite unique.

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I've worked really hard. I've made three pieces of seminal art in my life. If I died tomorrow, I'd be remembered for making them. There are a lot of artists who, no matter how hard they work in their lives, will never make anything seminal.

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Because of the amount of press attention, people went to see this dirty bed, as if it was a freak show. But when they got there, they saw something else - the bed, stuff on the walls, whatever. For the Tate, it's the highest attendance they ever received for the Turner Prize show. There was a massive queue, and when you got into my bit, you couldn't move.

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I'm totally monogamous when I'm in a relationship, and when I'm not in a relationship, I don't sleep around. So when I'm not with someone, I'm really on my own.

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I've always said if I could own one piece it would be Vermeer's The Love Letter, and if I could put it anywhere it would be in a David Chipperfield building. I'm almost there with the building - Chipperfield is building a new house for me in London. The Vermeer is a long way off.

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All the people in the late '80s and early '90s were really hell-bent on doing something for themselves, and they wouldn't take no for an answer. There was a lot of determination, and I was definitely part of that way of thinking.

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There is nothing difficult about my work, and people get to hear it from me.

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I am fiercely independent and I probably wouldn't be if it wasn't for the way in which I was brought up

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The soul will always do what it needs to do.

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The reason why I'm popular as an artist in this country is because it suits the psyche of the nation at this time. Ten years ago, my work wouldn't have had any currency, any popularity at all. Before in this country, you had to be accepted. You had to be part of the group. Now it's probably more trendy to have a problem.

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I've been slagged off completely by the art world and I don't know whether fancy being slagged off by the literary world as well. It's just too much.

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What is truth? Truth doesn't really exist.

Who is going to judge whether my experience of an incident is more valid than yours? No one can be trusted to be the judge of that.

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The people in Miami are so different from anywhere else I've been in America.

They're so down to earth, really friendly, and quite self-effacing, with a good sense of humor. I'm not saying other parts of America don't have a sense of humor, but Miami maybe has to have a really good sense of humor for lots of different reasons, and it works. It works for me.

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There are things going on in galleries recently that have shocked me.

What I'm going to say is really controversial, but what I find the most provocative is the commerciality of art in general. And the fact that a lot of people have forgotten what the meaning of art is and what the intention behind it is.

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I have hardly any friends who aren't gay

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