Solid partner

Artist Tracey Emin marries a rock

Tracey Emin poses in front of her work. (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Today in modern art: celebrated British artist marries a rock. “Somewhere on a hill facing the sea, there is a very beautiful ancient stone, and it’s not going anywhere,” Tracey Emin said in an interview, after marrying a rock in her garden in France. She revealed the highly unusual union, during which she wore her father’s funeral shroud as a wedding dress, at her most recent exhibition in Hong Kong, I Cried Because I Love You. In an interview with Post Magazine, she explained why a rock actually makes for a solid partner: “Maybe it’s not a person. But maybe it’s an anchor for me, something I can identify with. No matter how mad my life might be or what may happen that stone is stability and comfort.”

As an artist, Emin has always been interested in issues of love, loneliness and relationships. Her most famous work, “My Bed”, for example, displayed her real bed where she spent several days after a traumatic break-up along with all its embarrassing attributes: empty alcohol bottles, cigarettes, used condoms and dirty underwear. In another  iconic work, titled “Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995”, came in the form of a small tent in which she listed 102 people she had shared a bed with (not just sexual partners — her grandmother was featured too). In a recent interview with Art Newspaper, she said she had been fascinated with relationships transcending the carnal recently, after reading letters between Pope John Paul II and Polish philosopher, Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, which revealed an intense and loving, but apparently celibate relationship between the two.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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