Tracey Emin

English sculptor, painter, and installation artist

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

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.


  • 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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