It’s been six years since I had sex, says ‘Bed artist’ Tracey

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT - Mail Re­porter

SHE put her sex life on dis­play in her most fa­mous work – My Bed, com­plete with dirty sheets and used con­doms.

But now artist Tracey Emin has re­vealed that she has not made love for six years – hav­ing swapped her par­ty­ing Lon­don life­style for a quiet ex­is­tence by the sea­side.

‘I don’t think I am celi­bate, I think I ab­stain from sex,’ she says.

‘Ab­stain­ing means I don’t want to have sex. Celi­bate means you might want to, but you don’t.’

Emin, 54, who rose to promi­nence 20 years ago as part of the Brit-Art move­ment, says that she has been sin­gle for al­most a decade, and now lives only with her 17-year-old cat, Docket.

She is now em­brac­ing life in her child­hood town of Mar­gate on the south coast of Eng­land where she is re­mak­ing My Bed, the 1998 art in­stal­la­tion cre­ated as a mon­u­ment to bleak times and a bro­ken heart.

‘I have been round the world,’ she said. ‘I am tired. I want to go home. Lon­don is so fre­netic and chaotic, it is not a good place for cre­ative peo­ple any more.

‘It is such a shame be­cause 20 years ago it was.’

The artist, who fa­mously drunk­enly barged into a de­bate on con­tem­po­rary art on live TV 20 years ago, dis­closed that she now rarely touches al­co­hol. ‘You have a choice: you can go out, have a few drinks and dis­ap­pear for days, re­cov­er­ing, or think: “I have to get up to­mor­row and get on with my work.” ’

ex­hibit: Tracey Emin will re­make her 1998 art­work, My Bed ex­hibit: Tracey has left the bright lights of Lon­don for the sea­side

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