Tracey Emin
Every Part of Me's Bleeding

left top: "Soba Sex" 1999, neon 20x50 in. edition of three.
left bottom: "My Bed" 1998, (detail)

middle: "My Bed" 1998, mattress, linens, pillows, rope, various memorabilia.

background right: "The History of Painting" 1998, three pregnancy tests, morning after pills, five cases: wood, plexiglas with tampons, blood, tissue. (detail)
foreground: "My Cunt is Wet with Fear 1998, neon 10x55 in. edition of three.

The work itself is not as interesting as the effect it has upon the public. Our prurient juices might flow, arousing entanglements of distance, desire and voyeurism. We might dismiss it outright, incredulous that such a base and brazen display gets attention as Art. We might see the work as the necessary weapon of an heroic victim, the bloodied sword of a warrior in the sex and gender wars. We might stand aside as it incites the critics to criticize and the media to mediate, thereby establishing a market value for itself. Finally, the idea of meeting her at a party might make us nervous.