From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Tracey Emin RA (born 3 July, 1963) is an English artist of Turkish Cypriot origin, one of the group known as Britartists or YBAs (Young British Artists). She has succeeded in equalling, if not surpassing, Damien Hirst among the YBAs in terms of notoriety among the general public. A drunken outburst on a Channel 4 TV discussion, and My Bed — an installation in the 1999 Turner Prize exhibition, consisting of her own unmade dirty bed with used condoms and blood-stained underwear — both caused a media furore. Emin's art takes many different forms of expression including needlework and sculpture, drawing, video and installation, photography and painting. There has been an ongoing dispute with previous boyfriend, artist Billy Childish, particularly over the Stuckism movement. In March 2007, Emin was chosen to join the Royal Academy of the Arts as a Royal Academician.