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Tracey Emin wonders if we can ever go too far

November 18th, 2010
07:07 PM ET

British artist Tracey Emin likes to push the boundaries.

Discovered by Charles Saatchi in the early 1990's, she says her autobiographical style of work is all about exposing the kind of things that most people would be too embarrassed to talk about.

Her subjects are often extremely taboo and the type of language she uses to describe different topics is often criticized for being too racy or explicit.

Emin first rose to fame in 1995 when she exhibited an installation that contained the names of the 102 men she had every slept with.

Her next major piece was "My Bed" which was shown at the Tate Gallery and shortlisted for the prestigious Turner Prize in 1999.

Here's your chance to quiz one of the 'bravest' social commentators of our day.

Do you think you can even push the boundaries too far? Are we too politically correct?

Please leave your questions for Emin below and tell us where you're writing from. You can also leave your comments on our Facebook page which is www.facebook.com/CNNconnect.

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  1. Orestis Tringides

    Tracey, when are you coming to Cyprus – a country (somewhat) related to you?

    Also, what an unflattering image of you!

    OK, the real question: could you imagine yourself, ever having an artistic idea, an inspiration to create something that would make you think "wow... THAT one I just CAN'T too – it's way too extreme!"?

    In other words, should EVERYTHING be "permissible" for the sake of art and creation? (even things that are on the edge of legality?)



    p.s.: not serious about the "unflattering" thing – everyone is fine just like the way he / she is.

    p.s.2: Pls let us know when you'll be in Cyprus – to make something really provocative that'd make our mouldy politicians jump off their seats?

    November 18, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  2. Zed

    Making tents and dirty beds have made what 'art' has become today.
    I simply cannot offer one single question due to your incompetence of what would be deemed as an answer. Am I allowed to go to the bathroom, crap on a plate, and call it food???
    For Christ's sakes, get out the hell out of this 'business'.


    November 18, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  3. Scott Pohlschmidt

    Dear Tracy, As you are aware Victorian imagery pushed many boundaries, similar to what artists today,including yourself, hoping to shock and stimulate the general public. There were and still are numerous artists that had the desire to learn a technical skill to achieve this, ie figure drawing. In Battersea I founded along with two others the Lavender Hill Studios, the first atelier in this century dedicated to teaching representational drawing and painting. Do you think our ultimate aim would be to teach the fundamentals, (absent in many of the best art institutions in the country) so that artists would be better equipped to push boundaries and create stylised images seeking to shock while not necessarily being politically correct? I wonder what Reynolds, Leighton, Lawrence, former Presidents of the Royal Academy would have thought?
    Best Scott

    November 18, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  4. Zed

    Just saw that my previous post was deleted. Brilliant! More power to this 'artist' and even greater power to the 'land of the free'.
    At a loss for words.



    November 18, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  5. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Tracey Emin and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Ana Ivanovic on the following questions:

    – How will you Improve STOP SUICIDAL BULLING so that there will be No More Tyler Clementi Suicides worldwide?

    – What can we expect from you in 2011?

    I am awaiting Tracey Emin’s replies.

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    November 18, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  6. rone waugh

    should artwork have intrinsic value in addition to gaining a reaction or is this not relevant?

    November 18, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Reply
  7. Max Croft - Melbourne

    Love your stuff Tracey !

    Max x

    November 18, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Reply
  8. Insiyah

    Can democracy survive in a country where over 80% of a population is illiterate?? Is it fair then for the world to blame the 80% population for the greed of prower committed by the literate 20%?? After 102 men you realized your mistakes, will Pakistan need another 50 years to realize the core problem of its people is the lack of education, not the presence of military????

    November 19, 2010 at 1:02 am | Reply
  9. Jose Gonzalez

    Hello Tracy, I'm a big fan and wanted to ask you this: How can it be possible for someone to make new and different kinds of art and try to break its traditional concept and its "official posture" and perception in order to allow various other forms of art to be successful without the artist himself becoming the new model to be followed and thus becoming a new official posture as it has happened in the past?

    Jose Gonzalez
    London, UK

    November 19, 2010 at 3:59 am | Reply
  10. chris o'hare


    All of these earnest questions.#

    What I want to know is simply this: how can I get a date with you?


    November 19, 2010 at 10:52 am | Reply
  11. Hi Tracey!


    To what extent do you think social media can help redefine social boundaries?

    Thank you

    November 19, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  12. Hannah

    I would firstly like to say that I love all your work. It's raw, honest and heartfelt.

    My question is that Oscar Wild once said "The secret of life is in art". What lessons about life do you think can be taken from your art?

    Thank you.


    November 19, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  13. YoungBen Ulebor

    How do you feel doing this? Don't feel you embarrassed or that you may offend some persons?

    November 20, 2010 at 8:30 am | Reply
  14. Sheikh Mohammad Taimur

    She looks terribly scary, may God have mercy upon the man who married her !!

    November 30, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Reply

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