Tracey Emin

English artist
If you’ve made seminal work, you never know when the next one is coming or where it’s coming from. Most artists never make a seminal piece of art in their lives, and if you’ve made two, which I have, then I’ve done all right.

Tracey Emin (born 1963-07-03) is a leading contemporary British artist, and one of the Young British Artists.


  • I want to be with my friends. I'm drunk. I want to phone my mum. She's going to be embarrassed by this conversation. I don't care. I don't give a fuck about it.
    • Clare Longrigg, "Sixty Minutes, Noise: by art's bad girl", The Guardian, (1997-12-04)
    • Said by Emin, apparently drunk, during a live Channel 4 programme. The remark made national news and catapulted her to overnight fame.
  • Your paintings are stuck, you are stuck! Stuck! Stuck! Stuck!
    • Milner, Frank (ed), The Stuckists Punk Victorian, [National Museums Liverpool 2004], p. 134
    • Said to ex-boyfriend, Billy Childish, as quoted in the Stuckists manifesto (1999), giving Charles Thomson the idea for the name Stuckism.
  • 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.
  • 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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