In 2007, Emin represented Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale, becoming the second female artist to ever achieve this feat. That same year, Emin was made a Royal Academician and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art, a Doctor of Letters from the University of Kent, and a Doctor of Philosophy from London Metropolitan University. In 2011, she became the Royal Academy’s Professor of Drawing and in 2012, Queen Elizabeth II appointed her Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her contributions to the visual arts.
Using her life events as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing, video and installation, to photography, needlework and sculpture, Tracey Emin’s art can be described as one of disclosure. Emin reveals her hopes, humiliations, failures and successes in candid (and at times excoriating) work that is frequently both tragic and humorous. Emin’s work has an immediacy and an often sexually provocative attitude that firmly locates her oeuvre within the tradition of feminist discourse.