so its appropriate to post an image of “everyone i have ever slept with” (1995). which literally names everyone she has ever slept with. it was big news in england when it turned out that emin had not actually had sex with all of these people. (“tracey emin has revealed…she is not as promiscuous as previously assumed,” said one newspaper.)
last winter i wrote a paper that touched on how emin and freud share a conception of the body as both interdependent and vulnerable.
"For Emin, part of the vulnerability of the body is this unpredictable conversion of affection into sexuality and vice versa; the ways in which people are not only dependent on one another, but dependent in ways that they can’t foresee…Emin’s evocation of the vulnerability of the defenseless, sleeping body gestures…towards a more ambient vulnerability: a neediness both infantile and ongoing that is related to sexuality but doesn’t always manifest as sexuality, at least not in the socially legible sense."
it is amusing to think about this just hours after being characterized as surprisingly vulnerable, despite a persona with a “mild chill.”