English artist Tracey Emin’s first show in Scotland for fourteen years is I Lay Here For You, at Jupiter Artland in West Lothian. Described as ‘an intimate encounter with love and hope’, the work explores warmth and vulnerability, and chimes with Tracey’s belief of the ‘personal as political’, reflecting on the possibility of love after hardship. The exhibition includes her new six-metre bronze sculpture, I Lay Here For You, that she has sited in an old-growth beech grove, depicting a female figure, cast from a clay version moulded by the artist, billed as presenting ‘a radically different view of woman’s place in nature’.
Artmag attended the opening of the exhibition, alongside representatives of the national press and television – signalling the interest an ‘Emin opening’ is sure to generate. Known for her highly-confessional approach to art, Tracey chatted openly about her recovery from bladder cancer, the death of her mother, the lengthy gestation of many of her pictures, her work process and the materials, among many other things. See our full review of the exhibition.