Are you stuck?

Tracy Emin

If there is an artist that the public love to hate it would be Tracy Emin.

Tracy Emin

She's not highlighted for her drawing skills. Culturally, we tend to think it's just fine to draw 'spontaneously' but only so long as we can draw.

A child can't draw, but that's ok, as a child.

Childhood drawing by Lucien Freud
Childhood drawing by Lucien Freud

Typically, after years of training and school one learns to draw.

Lucien Freud

Until it's realised, in the age of post Dada, actually anything goes...

Rose Wylie
Rose Wylie

Unless, of course, you're Emin.

Years of our teachers aspiring to realism, years of students telling themselves that they can't draw, years of perplexing conceptional art, won't let Emin get away with it.

She just can't draw.

Tracy Emin
Tracy Emin

She can't draw and yet, we can't stop looking. We're looking at her - not at her ability to draw - and that's what makes her art interesting.

Emin's former husband, Billy Childish, coined the term Stuckism - apparently Emin had exclaimed, "Your paintings are stuck, you are stuck! Stuck! Stuck! Stuck!". She has a point.

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