“Earlier in my career, I could have done a piece about periods maybe, but the menopause? Self-portrait, November 2020 … Tracey Emin after her treatment. Emin's triumphed over all, and has money up the whazoo to boot! Tracey Emin Self-Portrait, 12.11.01 (For Parkett 63), 2001 Unique colour print from original Polaroid 20.4 x 19.9 cm Parkett Contact Gallery Featured Artworks View All (23) Featured Artworks And when I say giant I mean 200 feet high. They look uncannily of a pair, help-mates perhaps, fellow sufferers certainly, almost drowning in their dark, almost sepia withdrawnness fromContinue reading "The Melancholy Marriage of Tracey Emin … I’ve got time now, perhaps 30 years. People are horrible.” Leaving the EU was folly, she says. I don’t. He underestimated their stupidity and greed over the EU. As her major solo exhibition opens, Tracey Emin creates an original artwork and a verbal self-portrait especially for Stylist. The most shocking piece of art I’ve ever seen is Austrian performance artist Otto Muehl, when he ripped the head off a chicken. There was a time after she graduated from art school when she couldn’t paint. The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, documents the challenges the institution faces staging the 2020 event. Duration: 1 minute ‘I thought I had six months to live’ … Self-portrait, November 2020 … Tracey Emin after her treatment. Acrylic on canvas. The only time I’ve ever been jealous is when someone has tried to sleep with my boyfriend. “I say, ‘Guess what? England was re-entering lockdown, Biden hadn’t yet won Michigan and the last visitors to the Royal Academy for a month were heading out into the night. “Even when I thought I had six months to live, I was luckier than them. The works from my new show which most changed my life are the bronze sculptures. For details about about The Loneliness of the Soul go to the Royal Academy website. My favourite meal of the day is breakfast. The biggest influence on the way I dress is Vivienne Westwood, because I love her fabrics and the fact that they are so feminine and sexy. I used to think he was gay, because his pictures of men are quite sexy and because he lived alone. Browse upcoming and past auction lots by Tracey Emin. Even before going to art school, Tracey Emin discovered the work of the Norwegian expressionist Edvard Munch. His housemaids said he was always proper with his models. We see them together, in two photographs hung side by side on the wall, as we enter the exhibition at the Royal Academy. I’m going to see it.’” The remark captures Emin’s artistic iconoclasm: showing her work to the public is incidental to what’s really important to her – making art and taking pleasure in the results. Photograph: Courtesy of the Artist. In October, she opened “Detail of Love,” a solo exhibition at Xavier Hufkens in Brussels. Duration: 1 minute We see them together, in two photographs hung side by side on the wall, as we enter the exhibition at the Royal Academy. We travel around the world together looking at art. Here are her incredibly honest thoughts on life. “I never believed that,” she says. “That’s what makes you drown. Tracey Emin has curated a small but powerful exhibition featuring a selection of paintings by her favourite artist – Norwegian Expressionist Edvard Munch – exhibited in the Royal Academy of Arts alongside a selection of her own paintings, neons and sculpture. “I’m in love with Munch,” she says. I wasn’t a victim of something any more, I was doing something.” The world has got less misogynistic in the past 20 years, she reckons. I thought: ‘This is how it should be’. and a biography about Daphne du Maurier. He is long dead. We also asked Tracey to share her most intimate thoughts with us – to pen her own self-portrait. It’s in the incinerator. I will'. “I’ve always loved painting and the love has got deeper as I’ve got older. Tracey Emin has long had a fascination with the Norwegian expressionist and painter of The Scream, Edvard Munch: in her words, “I’ve been in love with this man since I was eighteen”. “I am! But now? I make a point of trying to be friends with everyone I’ve loved. She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea, 26 May-23 September; free admission; turnercontemporary.org, See Tracey Emin's other artwork created for our Nigella issue. Whether painting figures, buildings or landscapes, Munch projects onto his subjects the intense feelings of desolation, loneliness and abandonment which haunted him most … In I Am the Last of My Kind, a pink nude is wrapped in text. 17 juin 2020 - Explorez le tableau « Tracey Emin » de Boris Vigne, auquel 768 utilisateurs de Pinterest sont abonnés. Munch has long been her soulmate, there to take her outside the postmodern art business of filling the world with beguiling commodities to titillate otherwise bored collectors. Tracey Emin/Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul review – a meeting of primal screamers Edvard Munch’s Crouching Nude, 1917-19 and Tracey Emin’s You Kept it … On my bedside table, you’ll currently find Jeanette Winterson’s book Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? If I could change one thing about my personality, it would be that I didn’t drink. I first knew I wanted to be an artist in 1997, at my opening at the South London gallery. The piece of art I’d most like to own is a painting by Vermeer called The Love Letter. Closed to the public until further notice. You know this,” she says, pointing to her mask, “and this,” she adds, pointing to her stoma bag, “were made in Germany. I would like to say sorry to my dad, for not helping him more with what he wanted before he died. I’ve never watched anything where I’ve laughed out loud but David Tang’s column in the Financial Times last month where he wrote about ‘saloon’ and ‘salon’ was really funny. The person I spend most time with is my friend Scott Lyon-Wall from New York. I can tell, from her brown eyes, that she’s smiling beneath her face mask. I couldn’t get through the day without Natasha, my secretary. We see them together, in two photographs hung side by side on the wall, as we enter the exhibition at the Royal Academy. Last week, three original pieces arrived at Stylist’s office, our favourite of which is on this week’s cover of Stylist (and right). In 1998, she made a film about Munch, letting out a great long howl at the end while standing on the pier near Oslo where he painted The Scream. View Tracey Emin’s 1,246 artworks on artnet. Conversations Tracey Emin On Self Portrait: Cat in a barrel White Cube Bermondsey. And even though he was born 100 years before her, she embraced him as a kindred spirit. I believe that people’s success is fantastic. Emin heightens the drama of self-exposure with her use of red, red, red. Two bedside lamps because I need a lot of light to read, my reading glasses, a jug of water and a small whimsy cat that belonged to my friend’s mother. Tracey Emin/Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul is a heart-rending duet between two of Modern art’s great confessionalists. “Men tend to tail off as they get older. Conversations Tracey Emin On Self Portrait: Cat in a barrel White Cube Bermondsey. Tracey Emin on the Death of Marat. “To get past Christmas would be good,” ran the headline earlier this month in the Sunday Times. From room to room, blood flows across her canvases, often from between the legs of nudes. In Edinburgh's Gallery of Modern Art, her Self Portrait: Bath — a neon light tangled in barbed wire — sustained almost $2,000 worth of damage when the barbs snagged a visitor's clothing. When Emin says she’s lucky, she means two things. I did feel cursed most of my life and then after this one, when they took my bladder out, I thought, ‘Fucking brilliant! A version of this article first appeared in the winter 2020 issue of Art Quarterly, the magazine of Art Fund. These works, which explore the loneliness of the soul, have been chosen by Emin to sit alongside a carefully considered selection of 19 oils and watercolours drawn from MUNCH’s rich collection and archives in Oslo, Norway. Tracey Emin/Edvard Munch: Loneliness of the Soul, The Royal Academy of Arts. Throughout this show, Munch’s nudes are coyly draped below the waist. She defends voting for David Cameron. I love the Midas touch. I’m free of that now.” She throws open her arms expansively. ... Serena Davies reviews Tracey Emin's new show. I thought I’d never leave the East End. Her artwork tells stories about her life by using items household items such as chairs, beds, blankets & photos. I have a check-up every two months and a scan because this kind of cancer is so nasty. I wasn’t going to die alone – and if it was going to be six months, I at least had time to plan my last days.”. “My cunt is wet with fear,” says one neon. I want to use them to make my best art.”. She heads off to make a speech to her guests. Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul at the Royal Academy of Arts is supported by Art Fund. “I haven’t had a drink for four months,” she replies, by way of explanation. Acrylic on canvas. Self-portraits of painful intimacy. The insomnia room: fifty self-portraits during a period of insomnia diagnosed in 2018. “I could have destroyed it! The nicest thing anyone has ever said to me is that I’m kind. Using found items around the house, students will create a ‘self portrait’ bed. Voir plus d'idées sur le thème art, poésie concrète, citations fluo. photographed by mary mccartney self portrait mary mccartney stella mccartney fashion. Whether painting figures, buildings or landscapes, Munch projects onto his subjects the intense feelings of desolation, loneliness and abandonment which haunted him most … The most recent piece of art I bought is a sculpture by Klara Kristalova called Slow Silent Song. She sees her life as a trilogy. “Our job as artists is not to make something beautiful,” she says and refuses vehemently the idea that she was ever a Young British Artist. Missing, too, from the RA show is a bronze sculpture I’d really been looking forward to seeing, just because of its title. Tracey Emin, CBE, RA (/ ˈ ɛ m ɪ n /; born July 1963) is an English artist known for her autobiographical and confessional artwork. My fondest memory is giggling with friends so much that I couldn’t stop crying. I’m softer but tougher. But the truth is he just treated women well. She has been sleeping for a good deal of the time since that private view and our interview. In 10 years’ time, I’d like to be a) alive and b) much physically and mentally stronger to be able to cope with old age. I've Got It All is a transient crowning glory: a shameless, two-fingers up to her critics. As she recovers from a brutal summer of cancer treatment, Tracey Emin takes us round her new show – and imagines spending the next 30 years painting in her pyjamas to the sound of birdsong, Last modified on Fri 4 Dec 2020 14.32 GMT, ‘I am so lucky,” says Tracey Emin as we stand in the grand galleries of the Royal Academy. Very few people, except maybe Tracey Emin, have ever admitted to being Tory artists. Secondly, for the longest time, she has felt cursed. Images: Main image above Tracey Emin, Self-portrait, taken while in isolation 2020 “I had a friend who said, ‘Terrible things are always happening to you.’ And I thought, ‘Yeah, they really are. Self Portraits while in self-isolation from covid-19, wearing Stella McCartney clothes, 2020 Photographed by Mary McCartney ... 2020. Tracey Emin poses in front of her work at the 2008 Frieze Art Fair private view at Regents Park British artist Tracey Emin has had her share of accidents. Voir plus d'idées sur le thème art, poésie concrète, citations fluo. This manky old thing that’s caused me problems all my life has gone.’ And the curse that was like thrown on me has gone with it. After a while, I got loads that I thought were really interesting. But yeah, it’s amazing.”, Emin is wearing walking boots beneath a tweed jacket and dress: they look like a hopeful investment in a future that, at one point this year, she didn’t expect to experience. But I’m really happy that I stopped smoking. Tracey Emin has curated a small but powerful exhibition featuring a selection of paintings by her favourite artist – Norwegian Expressionist Edvard Munch – exhibited in the Royal Academy of Arts alongside a selection of her own paintings, neons and sculpture. She is, after all, putting on an exhibition hardly anyone will see: “They sold 16,000 advance tickets but when Boris announced the second lockdown, we knew we couldn’t open.” All she can hope is that the gallery will open in December, but that is uncertain. This installation is a painfully truthful self-portrait that shows the different stages of heart break that merged together during this depressive isolation. “It was a conceptual work,” she says, “not flaunting my dirty laundry.” Although it did literally include her dirty laundry. As her major solo exhibition opens, Tracey Emin creates an original artwork and a verbal self-portrait especially for Stylist. Just finished watching Emin/Munch: Between the Clock & the Bed, it was so interesting and very moving, especially when seeing Tracey Emin's self portraits!! Tracey Emin on her cancer: 'I will find love. Her private life, too, has often caused a furore, aided in no small part by some ‘scandalous’ indiscretions and an alcohol-fuelled rant live on Channel 4 in 1997. “And then she would spin around like a whirling dervish.”, “I do paint like that,” she concedes. “When I said I’d given up smoking, he called me a coward. There Was So Much More of Me was due to be installed outside the RA’s Burlington Gardens entrance, but roadworks have made that impossible. Consider Insomnia, the suite of photographs she took over four years when she was going through the menopause. I will enjoy my life! Minutes earlier, walking through this London gallery’s courtyard, I felt darkness descending everywhere. Her assistant, Harry Weller, watched her as she made this picture. I’m not as hardcore as that.” Personally, I doubt that last point. I have a recurring dream about being in a giant tidal wave. Some of her peers – she cites Peter Doig – dug Munch, but not quite in the way the young Emin did. “Picasso was about ‘art’,” she says in a catalogue interview. Tracey Emin was born on July 3, 1963 in Croydon, Surrey, England. ‘Munch never had a mother so I’m giving him one’ … a model for The Mother, Emin’s giant statue to be installed in Oslo harbour by the Munch Museum. “I am getting old now,” part of it reads, “but not as old as my broken fucked up vagina that’s so connected to my soul.”. LONDON — Edvard Munch and Tracey Emin — what a gloom-struck pair! The last pieces I saw were her lockdown drawings this summer — splay-legged nude self-portraits. They cut out her uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, lymph nodes, part of her colon, urethra and some of her vagina. 17 juin 2020 - Explorez le tableau « Tracey Emin » de Boris Vigne, auquel 768 utilisateurs de Pinterest sont abonnés. He didn’t fuck them, unlike lots of artists. “She was crying and screaming,” he says. The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, documents the challenges the institution faces staging the 2020 event. They look uncannily of a pair, help-mates perhaps, fellow sufferers certainly, almost drowning in their dark, almost sepia withdrawnness from the world. When Emin studied at the Royal College of Art in the 1980s, she was out of temper with the times. We won’t get them so quickly now we’re out.”, She thinks Theresa May would have been better at dealing with Covid than Boris Johnson. His painting Puberty is typical: a naked girl, knees together, conceals herself with her arms. Photo by Richard Young. As we roam rooms painted moody blue for her new exhibition, in which her paintings, bronzes and neons are juxtaposed with the oils and watercolours of Edvard Munch, Emin adjusts her stoma bag occasionally and laughs a lot. “It was a nice feeling,” she recalls. It had to be about where it was really coming from.” –Tracey Emin 2020 has been, to put it mildly, a surreal year. Her unfashionable love for Munch and conviction that art should be about expressing often intolerable emotions was symptomatic of a greater disconnection: art was too cold, too intellectual, too rapacious in its gaze for her sensibility. I will!”, You look well, I say. To me, the word ‘feminist’ means that we have all got to work a lot harder. Tracey Emin is a British artist known for her poignant works that mine autobiographical details through a variety of media including painting, drawing, photography, video, sculpture, and neon text. Using found items around the house, students will create a ‘self portrait’ bed. I was a silly twat in some of the things I did – and a lot of the criticism of me was fair. Interview by Anna McNay. Tracey Emin is at the top of her game and, despite a recent cancer diagnosis and operation, is having a stellar year. Her vulnerability has been key to her success, pouring out her pain from heartbreak, two abortions and a difficult childhood during which she was raped into her intimate nude watercolours, shocking neons and emotionally charged appliqué blankets. Forget it.”, Neither My Bed nor Insomnia will be exhibited in London but both will be shown when the exhibition transfers to Oslo. Not that I would call myself one, but I just thought I would do something fun for the art collectors, because I imagine if youre one of those tax-evading, super-rich collectors, then youre probably a Tory. I will have exhibitions. She’s moving into a Georgian property with huge windows across town in Fitzroy Square. I will enjoy my life. I highly recommend this documentary which is only 40 minutes long, but well worth a watch. When Tracey Emin RA was a teenager, she was, in her words, “a huge fan of David Bowie”. ‘I want to live and love and scream’ … another extract from Emin’s diary. Tracey Emin (1963-), Artist. Emin notes that when Munch does attempt to paint a vagina, he is unconvincing. The Art & Craft Hut have designed a downloadable and printable (A3/A4) book that teaches learners about how artists from different movements & periods, created Art from home. Touching things, feeling things. Which is why, three days ahead of her major new solo exhibition at the Turner Contemporary in her hometown of Margate, we asked the cultural icon to create an exclusive piece of art just for the cover of this week’s Stylist – our brief: a self-portrait. I am not jealous of anybody. “He legalised gay marriages. Her splintered body is spattered with red, caked in dripping bodily fluids. Emin’s art lives, of course, by not shutting up. View Little owl, self portrait by Tracey Emin on artnet. LONDON — Edvard Munch and Tracey Emin — what a gloom-struck pair! In her formative years as an artist, Emin was drawn to the expressionism of paintings by both Edvard Munch and Egon Schiele, their concerns in exploring the complex human condition and tortured psyche echoing many of her own burgeoning tendencies. For details about about The Loneliness of the Soul go to the Royal Academy website. Photo by Richard Young. “Because he loved women. It’ll take about six months before I’m better. To escape from it all I swim. Show Royal Academy of Arts, Ep Tracy Emin and David Dawson In Conversation - 14 Feb 2020 Recorded during our exhibition Lucien Freud: The Self-portraits, Tracey Emin CBE RA and David Dawson(Lucien Freud's assistant and model) discuss their memories of the artist, as well as Emin and Freud’s shared ability to innovate, provoke and soul-search. She's still obstinately adolescent at 42, and you do wish she'd tackle grown-up subjects for a change: war, perhaps, or other human beings. “We need to come together now. If art vanished from the world, my plan B would be… death. But now I don’t have boyfriends. Eric Fischl conceived Transitional Positions shortly before New York went into lockdown for the coronavirus emergency. Tracey Emin's online exhibition I Thrive on Solitude is on the White Cube website until 02 August 2020. View Little owl, self portrait by Tracey Emin on artnet. We’re going to kill you.”. I can’t believe how stupid I was not to do what he asked me to do. I don’t really lie but I’m always late and have to try and sort of muscle my way through it. My nan said to me, “In this world you know that your parents are going to die and your husband is going to die but you never expect your child to die before you.”. He is long dead. I want to project myself into the future and not think about the past. I’ve rarely in my life looked in the mirror and liked my own image. So you’re going posh? Also, he painted great breasts – but vaginas? I can’t do a lot of things. When Tracey Emin RA was a teenager, she was, in her words, “a huge fan of David Bowie”. “What I’m saying is that’s quite an experience but not like what happened to me in the summer with the cancer. Tracey Emin, Actress: Sometimes the Dress Is Worth More Money Than the Money. Firstly, she’s luckier than those who died of Covid. Tracey Emin on the Death of Marat. Mon 9 Nov 2020 01.00 EST. Shame: I’d love to have seen the crouching Emin’s bronze buttocks enlivening Mayfair. We see them together, in two photographs hung side by side on the wall, as we enter the exhibition at the Royal Academy. Emin is a conundrum. It will now be shown from December (lockdown permitting) in a gallery a stone’s throw away from the RA, at White Cube Mason’s Yard. It may have been once, but now it’s not even a joke. But there’s more to it than that. I know I’ve created something pretty special when it feels better than sex. “I couldn’t sleep so I started taking pictures in my room. “America isn’t a democracy. The strangest thing in my handbag right now is a tiny bronze sculpture of Docket, which I picked up from The Foundry in New York yesterday. Tracey Emin is almost always portrayed as a Diana-esque femme tragique.It's rare to get a glimpse of the happy, successful, confident person she's become. “It’s inevitable,” she says, “ but I did all these works before I got sick.”, Oslo rather than London will also get Emin’s biggest artwork ever: a seven-metre tall bronze called The Mother, depicting her mum Pam who died in 2016. Tracey Emin discusses the evolution of her project 'Self Portrait: Cat in a barrel', 2013 which is located at Château La Coste, France. The criteria for including pieces in my show is that they have to excite me and make me feel alive. 144 – 152 Bermondsey Street London SE1 3TQ. They look uncannily of a pair, help-mates perhaps, fellow sufferers certainly, almost drowning in their dark, almost sepia withdrawnness from… I have porridge with water, a spoon of jam and soya milk. “I will find love! “My Cunt is Wet with Fear” (1998), a blocky neon in cold white light, leads you into the Royal Academy’s new exhibition Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul. Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch Exploring The Inner Self – Edward Lucie-Smith 3 December 2020 / Art Categories Reviews / Art Tags Edvard Munch'Royal Academy , Tracey Emin / / / / / Tracey Emin is one of the two major survivors from the so-called YBA (Young British Artists) Group that made such a lot of noise in the 1990s. As her major solo exhibition opens, Tracey Emin creates an original artwork and a verbal self-portrait especially for Stylist. Margate is a place I visit in my memory and in my dreams. I need myself to do this, nobody else.” Men, she admits, including former lovers Billy Childish, Carl Freedman and Mat Collishaw, helped her artistic development. Earlier today, prospective buyers visited her long-time home in Spitalfields, just across the street from Gilbert and George’s house. We sit beneath two paintings, Munch’s 1897 Women in Hospital which is dominated by a naked patient, and Emin’s extraordinary picture from 2019, You Kept It Coming, itself dominated by a female figure crawling over a ground of red and a sky of darkling blue. “Munch never had a mother,” she says, “so I’m giving him one.”, Before Emin joins friends and academicians who’ve arrived for a private view, she talks politics. “That’s how remission works,” she says. “I’m lost in a world of love.”, Emin spent a lot of time going through the archives at the Munch Museum in Oslo to select works for the show. It’s one of the biggest cancer killers, but hardly anybody knows about it.” She has now quit the elite coterie of committed Brit art smokers that includes Maggi Hambling, who never appears in photographs without fag in hand, and David Hockney, who sent Emin a get well card. But on my bed you’ll find my iPad – because I do lots of drawings on it at night and send emails – TV controls, my phone and a few more books. It’s like it’s never-ending.’” She was raped twice as a teenager, suffered a miscarriage, had a botched termination, attempted suicide, and lost two of her most renowned works in a fire: her appliqué tent, Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995, and her beach hut self-portrait, The Last Thing I Said to You Is Don’t Leave Me Here. It’s pitiful.”. I first realised what grief was when my uncle Colin died and I saw the devastating effects it had on my mum and my nan. As the woman who exposed her used bed sheets to the nation, Tracey Emin has never been shy of laying her life bare. My favourite night in is in my bedroom, in clean pyjamas with clean sheets, watching CSI back to back with my cat Docket curled up beside me. The biggest argument I have with people about art is that it’s really important. Portrait of Tracey Emin in her London studio, January 2016. Bizarrely, for someone we seem to know so much about, there remains something forever enigmatic about the former Young British Artist. Women often keep going and do their best work after 50.”, She wants to emulate those women. It’s just like going to sleep so you don’t feel anything.” Minutes later, she was on the beach having seawater pumped out of her lungs. One day, she pulled out a drawer of watercolours. The crappest thing anyone has ever said to me was when I was pregnant in 1990: My boyfriend patted me on the stomach and said, “Hello. Emin heightens the drama of self-exposure with her use of red, red, red. It’s where I’m happiest.” Fitzroy Square has another advantage. LONDON — Edvard Munch and Tracey Emin — what a gloom-struck pair! They do their best work between 40 and 50, then they’re done. Society can’t live or cope without it. Thinking it would be her first and last, she titled her solo exhibition at the White Cube, London, My Major Retrospective (1993). Emin's lastest landmark exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts (2020) sees masterpieces by Edvard Munch shown alongside her most recent paintings. Juxtaposed … Edvard Munch’s Crouching Nude, left, and Tracey Emin’s You Kept It Coming. Art helps Emin submit the mess of life to artistic order. “Good days and bad days.” She has some good news: that bronze nude There Was So Much More of Me has found a home. She is an actress and director, known for Sometimes the Dress Is Worth More Money Than the Money (2001), Topspot (2004) and Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998). Tracey Emin, CBE, RA (/ ˈ ɛ m ɪ n /; born July 1963) is an English artist known for her autobiographical and confessional artwork. Before we finish the interview, Emin eyes me cheekily and says: “Men only ejaculate once, but women have multiple orgasms.” Excellent, I reply. And she’s exasperated with anyone who thinks the electoral fiasco in the US is democracy in action. CHANNEL On 'How it Feels' Tracey Emin discusses her video 'How it Feels' (1996), the title of which she has used for her solo exhibition at MALBA, Buenos Aires. “Not with the art, but with the man. At home? ABOVE: Tracey's exclusive artwork for Stylist. When I look in the mirror, I often see something I don’t like and it’s a terrible affliction. But there’s more going on in Emin’s oeuvre than self-disclosure or uncomfortably honest realism. My simplest pleasure is brushing my teeth and using mouthwash. She remembers, at the age of 23, falling out of a boat at night into dark waters. Browse upcoming and past auction lots by Tracey Emin. “I didn’t have chemotherapy so when people see me, they think I’m completely normal. It feels like a new beginning. “It’s in hobbling distance of my urologist in Harley Street.” Her new home is also handy for St Pancras station, from where she can get trains to her studio in her beloved hometown of Margate, and to her place in the south of France. A couple of days after the interview, Emin rings me. 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