COMING HOME: Tracey Emin
Past national programme archive
24 June - 8 September 2019
Tracey Emin ('Death Mask')
by Tracey Emin
Tracey Emin was born in London in 1963. She studied at Maidstone College of Art (1986–8) and the Royal College of Art (1987–9). Her work discloses the intimate details of her life across a range of media including Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995 (1995), and her Turner prize nominated My Bed (1998). Emin was elected a Royal Academician in 2007 and awarded a CBE in 2012.
Tracey Emin spent her childhood and teenage years in Margate and her formative experiences here provided the inspiration for much of her later work. Emin says, “Margate is hip, it’s better than Shoreditch because it’s got the sea, it’s so beautiful. But it’s kind of rough, it’s gritty, it’s not a twee seaside town, it’s got a bit of guts to it.”
Death Mask is Tracey Emin’s first sculptural work in bronze. In an ironic reference to the autobiographical nature of her work, she has cast her own ‘death mask’ during her lifetime.