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Tracey Emin's iconic art

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Turner Prize nominee Tracey Emin is one of the most successful and acclaimed contemporary female British artists. Associated with Charles Saatchi and the Young Britist Artist movement in the 1990s, she attracted media controversy for the highly personal nature of her work (covering everything from an abortion at 16, to her past lovers), and provocative behaviour (including a swearing outburst on live television). As Stylist's cover star this week - and to celebrate her new solo exhibition at the Turner Contemporary in Margate - we look back at some of Emin's most iconic artwork.

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  • There's A Lot Of Money In Chairs, 1994

    This was Tracey's grandmother's armchair, into which she sewed countless personal details, from her and her twin brother’s names, to the nicknames the artist and her grandmother had for each other. Emin famously used the chair on a trip to the United States in 1994 promoting her book - and sat in it for readings.

  • Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995, 1995

    Bought by Charles Saatchi and shown at the Sensation exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1997, this tent appliqued with former lover's names (including relatives, her twin brother and two aborted children) attracted much media controversy. In 2004, the tent was destroyed in the Momart warehouse fire (this photograph is actually a reproduction of the original work).

  • Light Installation, 1998

    A controversial neon work by Emin.

  • My Bed, 1999

    In 1999, Emin was nominated for the Turner Prize and exhibited My Bed at the Tate Gallery. The sheets of the bed were stained yellow, and the floor was covered in debris such as condoms, knickers and cigarette packets.

  • The Last Thing I Said To You Is Don't Leave Me Here, 1999

    The blue wooden beach hut Emin bought with her artist friend Sarah Lucas, was removed from Whitstable to be part of the Saatchi collection.

  • Kate Moss, 2000

    Emin is well known for her monoprints - here she has depicted Kate Moss in the nude. Tracey also created a unique neon work for her supermodel friend called Moss Kin.

  • I've Got It All, 2000

    This self-portrait adresses the artist’s desire for money and success and the use of her body and her emotional life to produce art.

  • Helter Skelter, 2001

    This 20ft centrepiece was a version of the 70-year-old helter-skelter in Margate's Dreamland fun park.

  • Something Really Terrible, 2001

    This blanket is about the loss of an unwanted child.

  • The Perfect Place to Grow, 2001

    This video installation had a set consisting of a wooden birdhouse, a DVD shot on Super 8, a monitor, trestle, plants, and a wooden ladder. The work was dedicated to Emin's father.

  • Helter Fucking Skelter, 2001

    This blanket was made with hotel linens.

  • A Name They Called Our Dad, 2002

    This handwritten and embroidered piece was submitted for an auction in aid of the Terrence Higgins Trust.

  • To Meet My Past, 2002

    This work was exhibited as part of the V&A's Quilts 1700-2010 exhibition, showing British quilts made over the past 300 years. In To Meet My Past Emin has created a young girl's bed replete with uncomfortable truths and memories.

  • Hate And Power Can Be A Terrible Thing, 2004

    This large scale blanket was inspired in part by Margaret Thatcher.

    Emin said of this work that it was "about the kind of women I hate, the kind of women I have no respect for, women who betray and destroy the hearts of other women".

  • Something For The Children, 2004

    This kitsch shed was created for the V&A's exhibition of ten garden sheds by contemporary artists and designers.

  • Roman Standard, 2005

    Emin's first ever piece of public art, this pigeon was comissioned to celebrate Liverpool's status as European Capital of Culture, and displayed in Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool.

  • Keep me Safe, 2006

    In 2007, Keep me Safe reached the highest price ever made for one of Emin's neon works - over £60,000.

  • Oh So Natural, 2006

    Earthernware pots ready to be auctioned at the London Art Fair.

  • Angel, 2007

    At the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in 2007, Tracey Emin showed this neon artwork. She was chosen as a Royal Academician in that year.

  • Borrowed Lights, 2007

    Emin was chosen to produce work for the British pavilion during the Venice Biennale in 2007.

  • One Secret Is To Save Everything, 2007

    Tracey Emin unveils her flag commissioned as part of the Flag project at the South Bank Centre, London. The banner was made up of hand-sewn swimming sperm.

  • Something for the Future, 2008

    When the Mayor of London put out a request for artists to create a piece of contemporary art for the fourth plinth in Trafalger Square, Emin's proposal was for this group of meerkats.

  • Her New Travelling Chess Set, 2008

    Emin was comissioned to create this chess set by RS&A. The set is made up of bronze pieces and a multicoloured board of quilted fabric that can be rolled up and placed inside an embroidered cloth bag.

  • Glove, 2008

    One of Emin's pieces in her Baby Things exhibition in Folkestone.

  • Love Turtle, 2008

    One of Emin's many charitable artworks, this is a detail from a surfboard she designed for Surfers Against Sewage. It was then auctioned at Bonhams to raise funds for the charity.

  • Tracey Emin, 2009

    This neon work was displayed at Emin's exhibition Those Who Suffer Love at the White Cube gallery in May 2009.

  • I Want It Back That Feeling Again, 2009

    For the Royal Academy's summer exhibition, Emin showed a painting of a piglet.

  • Tracey Emin, 2009

    Emin in front of a large scale drawing displayed at Those Who Suffer Love at the White Cube gallery - her first show in London for four years.

  • I Lost You, 2009

    This work formed part of Do Not Abandon Me, an exhibition consisting of collaborations between Emin and the late female artist Louise Bourgeois.

  • Tracey Emin, 2009

    For the exhibition Earth: Art of a Changing World at the Royal Academy, Emin embroidered representations of flowers, insects and birds.

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