‘Emin’s drawings are full of anger and sentimentality, and that is why they are effective as they are. They are new and unpleasant. Her honesty and her trust in her own feelings, has made her avoid making beautiful drawings.’ An excerpt by Rudi Fuchs, from the catalogue for the exhibition ‘When I think about sex…. I make Art’ at the White Cube Gallery 2005.
Super Drunk Bitch – appliqué blanket with embroidery
126 x 98in. (320 x 249cm.) 2005
“It took me years to understand the magic of drawing. For years, I tried to make things look how they are – instead of being what they are. Drawing is an alchemic language. Some of my favourite drawings I have done with my eyes closed – or so drunk I do not remember making them.
I like to record the moment, the event of the memory. I remember an event from my childhood. I pull it to the front of my mind. My emotions force the drawing out of my hand – this explains why so many of my drawings are repeated images. It’s not because I draw the same thing, but the same moment wants to be redrawn. I am the custodian, the curator of the images that live in my mind. Every image has first entered my mind, travelled through my heart, my blood – arriving at the end of my hand. Everything has come through me.”
It’s no surprise to me that she has exhibited her work alongside side great artists such as JMW Turner
And it is not difficult to see the connection between Tracey Emin and Egon Schiele
My only disappointment with this particular collaboration was that I didn’t get to see it.