is it Art?


I was going round the Tracey Emin Retrospective and I listened to a lot of extreme views of others present: it is wonderful; it is rubbish; is it art etc, and all these appeared again and again in the Visitors Book at the exit of the exhibition.  I found myself chewing over what is and what isn’t ART more generally.  Actually I think her work is energising and provocative and feminine and feminist and makes me think, and absolutely reflects contemporary society and contemporary values..  I made this piece to ask the question about where should the question be asked, I wonder why it isn’t in front lots of other art works.. such as ‘Landform’, which is in the grounds in front of the Museum.  In the Emin exhibition there is certainly plenty of evidence of life, Landform often strikes me as sterile.. the only pond in Edinburgh with no ducks.



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  1. i wandered round the Emin exhibition not really knowing what to make of it, but have thought and talked about it constantly since. i love the brass neck of her response to that question……..”it’s art because i say it is.” i love the embroideries, the way she has taken a sort of cosy Women’s Institute kind of artform and made it into something so subversive…….pink flowery material covered in swearie-words and thing you Just Don’t Talk About like sexual abuse and promiscuity. it reminds me of the bit in “Peter Grimes” where Ellen sings about her embroidery after they find the apprentice’s jersey……….”Now my broidery affords, The clue whose meaning we avoid”…………….

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