Leaving by Tracey Emin
For her exhibition at Gallery Lorcan O’Neill, Tracey Emin (London, 1963) has worked for more than a year on powerful new paintings in her studios in London and France.
The title of the exhibition – Leaving – confronts the complexity of significant life changes: it can be read as a shift in consciousness, a withdrawal to the intimacy of reflection and memory; it can also indicate a move from one place to another, the intensity of bidding one’s farewell and the exciting feeling of a new beginning. The works reflect on the flow of energies and emotions over a lifetime.
Emin has worked in a wide range of media, from painting, sculpture, drawing , neon, film, to photography and needlework. Her work has an immediacy and often a sexual frankness which establishes her art within the tradition of artists who have placed the human body at the centre of their endeavours.