4 June-31 Aug 2004. Drawings, paintings and embroideries.
Tracey Emin. 4 June-31 Aug. The girl can draw! Brittle line-like sugar crumbs, whispy little screaming birds and bodies, make up her mono-types. She is passionately personal, immersed in her gripes and those of the times. Worries about auto-sex and the hurts and humiliations of the female are so beautifully and daintily exposed on her pages you want to put them on your wall at once.
In the bigger works on canvas one of them called "Meet me in heaven", scratchy letters over a cloud of creamy pink, and in the giant embroideries where the impact of the instinctual fears and nasty memories is diluted she is still brave and clear.
Its a pity she is one of a generation that felt the need to earn its bread by being sensational when today its art is far surpassed by the horrendous images from real life. The question is, can you be both tough and quaint? This fragile and vivid woman has a special kick in her heartbreaking drawings, and shows us, yes, probably. Edith Schloss