I Want My Time With You

Tracey Emin’s affinity with neon is rooted, like much of her work, in her autobiography; growing up in the British seaside town of Margate she was surrounded by it. Captivated by it’s atmospheric properties she adopted the medium in the mid 1990s, bending pastel light tubes to mimic her handwriting and illuminate her thoughts and feelings.

 

In light of Emin’s latest and most ambitious light-up work to date, which was unveiled at St Pancras International Station in London earlier this month, The Royal Academy of Art have gone behind the scenes to hear from the artist herself about the making of I Want My Time With You.

 

Commissioned for Terrace Wires Emin’s twenty-foot text-based piece was created specifically for the station to celebrate it’s 150th Birthday and commemorate 250 years of art at The Royal Academy, and though media reviews have been mixed the work has been received by the public with adoration.

 

Fluorescent in pink ‘I Want My Time With You’ sits strikingly against the beautiful red of the Victorian Barlow shed roof, and appears poignantly in proximity to the Eurostar – the irony of which is not lost on the artist, who exclaims ‘people from Europe coming through into London, I just think its really beautiful’.

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