Tracey Emin’s art is often deeply personal, engaging with her own experiences of life, loss, love, happiness and pain, and then broadening this focus to consider how these elements are universal. The artist is part of the YBA (Young British Artist) generation and is one of the most prominent female art figures working today. She utilises a number of different artistic media including painting, drawing and installation.
The tiny bird featured in this unique new-media artwork, This is My Favourite Little Bird, recalls the cool-blue neon that Emin created in 2010 for the façade of London’s Foundling Museum. The image unfolds upon a gently-creased fabric, and it is as if we are encountering the invisible hand of the artist embroidering the outline of a bird perched on a leafy branch. The scene is punctuated by a rainbow of multi-coloured flowers that emerge above, while the work’s title is delineated in Tracey’s handwriting below.