I’m a big fan of artist Tracey Emin. Particularly her work in neon. Her neon, like much of her work, focuses on language, sometimes containing swear words and misspellings, and is confessional and highly personal in nature. It is truthful and provocative- she tells us both the wonderful and terrible truths about her own life. It is just this highly personal and confessional nature of her work that appeals to me. There’s a bravery and incredible honesty to have your innermost thoughts permanently writ-large in glowing neon, exposed for everyone to see. Her neon works are also just quite beautiful and moving. And I find that the color of the neon lends nuance to her words. For example, red feels aggressive, while pink feels highly feminine, and white feels ethereal. I also like the feminist themes that run throughout her work.When asked the question by Red Online: “Does society sufficiently value women artists?” She answered “No. Of course not. But it’s changing slowly. We probably just need another 200 years.”
Once referred to as the “enfant terrible” of the British art world, she has since gone on to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2007, became a member of the Royal Academy of Art (joining just one other woman at the time), and was nominated for the Turner prize. And many people in the fashion world know her for her collaborations with handbag design house Longchamp and jeweler Stephen Webster.