“A cunt is a rose is a cunt” is Emin’s reworking of the famous/notorious line from Gertrude Stein’s 1913 poem “Sacred Emily”: “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose”. This was probably inspired in turn by Juliet’s comment on Romeo’s name, 300 years before Stein: “What’s in a name? – That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet” (and Shakespeare was a writer not averse to the odd pun on the word “cunt” himself).”
(taken from this fantastic article http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/may/07/tracey-emin-ali-smith-hayward )
Tracey Emin, queen of personal confessions and a woman with a way with her words, has a new exhibition “Love is what you want” coming up at The Hayward Gallery in London, which I am wishing I could be there for. It’ll be the first big exhibition of her work in a while, one of her last being at The National Galleries of Scotland in 2008, which I caught.
I love the brutal frankness of her words, describing her drawings or making up the narrative of her quilts… here’s a few of my favourites
Tracey Emin at the Hayward May 19th- August 29th