Tracey Emin’s latest project see’s her take on the role of Art Ambassador for British Airways. Emin will find and mentor an art protégé who she will collaborate with to produce original artwork for the livery on 12 British Airways aircrafts, the planes will be flying millions of guests and team members in for the 2012 Games. The announcement coincides with Emins ‘Love Is What You Want’ exhibition at Selfridges in London. AnOther magazine had a chat with Tracey Emin talk about the project. Check it out.
What are you thinking of right now?
I’m thinking about my new boat Docket 2 being launched into the water on Tuesday.
What makes you laugh?
Last night – Stephen Fry and his partner Stevie made me laugh so much that I had a giggling fit for the first time in ages.
What makes you cry?
What do you consider to be the greatest invention?
Do you have a mentor or inspirational figure that has guided or influenced you?
Lots – at the moment Louise Bourgeois and Picasso.
Where do you feel most at home?
In the water.
Where are you right now?
Feeling quite happy.
What is your proudest achievement in work?
My show at the Hayward Gallery, Love is What You Want.
What is your proudest achievement in life?
Never giving up.
What do you most dislike about contemporary culture?
What do you most like about the age we live in?
That it’s multicultural, diverse, and exciting.
At what points do life and work intersect?
With me, every day, every moment, every second and maybe that’s why I find it very difficult to have a relationship.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Measure twice cut once.
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
Trying to commit suicide and it not working.
Recommend a book or poem that has changed your perspective on life?
What is your earliest childhood memory?
Drinking tea from a bottle. I remember it distinctly because I had my twin brother’s bottle and he had mine. It had a blue teet. I remember thinking there is strange stuff in this bottle – milky tea. Maybe that is why I’m such a massive tea drinker now.
What’s the most important relationship in your life?
Whoever’s the next person to call [phone rings] Jay Jopling.
What’s the most romantic action you’ve taken?
I sent someone 100 red roses. It might sound crass but it is amazing if it ever happens to you.
What’s the most spiritual action you’ve taken?
To be celibate for a very long time. Years.
If you could wish for one change in the world what would it be?
I’d eradicate HIV and AIDs.