Tracy Emin does the Olympics

March 5 2012

Image of Tracy Emin does the Olympics

Picture: Tracy Emin/GAC

A reader has alerted me to Emin's Olympic art at the Government Art Collection:

Describing this print as 'a love letter' to the Paralympic athletes, 'And I love you' is a very personal expression of Emin's own feelings and beliefs. Two small birds lean forward to kiss beneath her words 'You inspire me with your determination And I love you'. Birds frequently appear in Emin's drawings as symbols of freedom and strength, while handwritten text conveys her personal admiration for the dedication and commitment of the participating athletes.

Using her life history as inspiration and source, Tracey Emin has created a body of work which encompasses painting, drawing, video and installation, photography, needlework and sculpture. Her major retrospective held at the Hayward Gallery in London in 2011, included different aspects of her autobiographical work from embroidered tents to neon text works. Whether creating words and phrases in neon or stitched embroidery, Emin is a consummate storyteller – as she herself once commented, 'it's my words that make my art unique'.

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