Tracey Emin is a contemporary artist best known for her confessional work. My bed, made in 1998, and shortlisted for the turner prize, became a very controversial piece of work. It represents Emins own bedroom after a very low point in her life.
“Historically, beds have largely had supporting roles in art: all those rumpled sheets on which nude women have flirtatiously turned their backs.”
This piece inspired me to take things out of context. Bringing something like Tracey Emins bed into a white gallery space gives a definite shock factor as you wouldn’t normally expect to see it there. Putting something from everyday life into a white space makes the viewer stop and consider it for longer.