Tracey Emin, born on July 3, 1963 is an English artist and part of the group known as Britartists or YBAs (Young British Artists). She studied fashion at Medway College of Design (now the University for the Creative Arts) from 1980 to 1982. In 1984 she studied printing at Maidstone Art College (now the University for the Creative Arts), which she has described as one of the best experiences of her life. In 1987, Emin moved to London to study at the Royal College of Art, where she obtained an MA in painting. Her influences include Edvard Munch and Egon Schiele, and for a time she studied philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London. Her art takes many different forms of expression including needlework and sculpture, drawing, video and installation, photography and painting. In 1997, Emin’s work Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995, a tent appliquéd with names, was shown at Charles Saatchi's Sensation exhibition held at the Royal Academy in London. The same year, she gained considerable media exposure when she swore multiple times in an apparent state of drunkenness on a live discussion programme on British television.
In 1999, Emin had her first solo exhibition in the United States at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, entitled Every Part of Me's Bleeding. Later that year, she was a Turner Prize nominee and exhibited My Bed – an installation, consisting of her own unmade dirty bed with used condoms and blood-stained underwear. Emin is a panellist and speaker who has lectured at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney (2010), the Royal Academy of Arts (2008), and the Tate Britain in London (2005) about the links between creativity and autobiography, and the role of subjectivity and personal histories in constructing art. In December 2011, she was appointed Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy; with Fiona Rae, she is one of the first two female professors since the Academy was founded in 1768. Emin lives in Spitalfields, East London on Fournier Street in a Georgian Huguenot silk weaver's house which dates from 1726.
mixed media installation with mattress, linens, pillows, rope, suitcases, and various memorabilia