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Tracey Emin | I never stopped loving you 2010 | Neon, ed. 2/3 | 23 x 179cm | Purchased 2010 with a special allocation from the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © Tracey Emin 2010/DACS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney, 2010

Tracey Emin ‘I never stopped loving you’ 2010

Tracey Emin’s practice ranges across drawing, printmaking, photography, sewn fabric, video, painting, sculpture and installation. Since the late 1990s, neon has also been a key medium for her, which she uses to emulate a cursive script. This reflects both her confessional, autobiographical writings, and the graphic rhythm of drawing – an activity central to her practice. Emin has stated that, ‘To me drawing is a natural extension of mental creativity, it’s like handwriting. Without drawing I wouldn’t really exist’. Text, image and direct communication are the hallmarks of Emin’s work and her ‘tell it like it is’ narratives resonate in a manner parallel to pop-music lyrics.

I never stopped loving you 2010 could be a song title, a line of graffiti or a closing line to a letter. Emin has mined the promotional, advertising appeal of neon and its garish, slightly tacky quality to ‘write’ this short paean to lost love. Its honesty captures the trials, failures and fantasies of ordinary lives and loves.

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