UK artist Tracey Emin‘s work is frequently opens up the darkest parts of the artist to the audience, but I’m particularly fascinated by her pieces in neon: scribbles from her stream of consciousness or perhaps her personal diary appear to be dashed across walls in bright, neon colors. Crude, garish, and vulnerable, each phrase is intensely personal (and occasionally NSFW, although I haven’t included those on this page) yet public, displayed not only in a gallery but with a compelling glow that draws your eyes to the words.

A lot of modern neon signage focuses on perfecting typography for a measured look, but the imbalanced, utterly impractical, almost unreadable scribbles here really highlight the intensity behind each phrase. From Tracey’s studio website:

Tracey Emin’s art is one of disclosure, using her life events as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing, video and installation, to photography, needlework and sculpture. Emin reveals her hopes, humiliations, failures and successes in candid and, at times, excoriating work that is frequently both tragic and humorous.

Its also a smart commentary about nightlife, I think– there’s a sense that you can only appreciate these in the dark of (perhaps feigned) intimacy, even as the neon shouts at you from the walls. [Via Secret Little Gem.]

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