Personal Essay

Arguing with My Father-in-Law about ‘My Bed’

The artist at her exhibition Tracey Emin “My Bed’”/JMW Turner at Turner Contemporary, 2017 2018. Photo by Stephen White; courtesy Turner Contemporary.

My in-laws live in the north of England. Their modest semi-detached home is decorated tastefully with trinkets from their world travels, family photos, and a few replicas of notable artworks. I love the juxtaposition of viewpoints when I’m in their house. Inside, my eyes bounce from the Mondrian-inspired glass door, a miniature painting of Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture, an eerie Salvador Dalí print. Outside, sheep fields unfurl for miles and the sheep . . .


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