Artist Marries Rock

(Photo: Piers Allardyce)

Tracey Emin (content warning: nudity) is an artist. You've probably heard of her. Emin's art is so notable that she once won the Turnip Prize. Perhaps you've seen her unmade bed on exhibit at the Tate. So you can expect unique takes on creative expression from Emin.

But enough about her work. Let us congratulate Emin on her recent nuptials. The lucky groom is a rock that resides in her home garden. The Guardian reports:

As her latest exhibition I Cried Because I Love You opens in Hong Kong, the woman whose life is her art has revealed that last summer she married a venerable stone that stands in her garden in France. “Somewhere on a hill facing the sea, there is a very beautiful ancient stone, and it’s not going anywhere,” she has said. “It will be there, waiting for me.” In another interview she has called it “‘an anchor, something I can identify with”. She wore her father’s funeral shroud as a wedding dress. As Lou Reed says: “And no kinds of love / are better than others.”

How did they meet? Fionnuala McHugh of Post Magazine interviewed Emin. She asked about the origin of this fairytale romance. Their meeting was sheer serendipity:

"It was totally by accident, the whole thing wasn't intentional," she begins. But I'm a bit confused. Is she talking about the day she's telling Freedman? Or the day of her wedding to the stone? "Noooo," she cries in frustration (rightly so, I listened to the tape afterwards and sounded like a moron). "I was on my own."

There's a pause, and the distinct feeling that upon this rocky moment hangs the future of our encounter.

"The whole thing with the stone is - it's a big f***ing stone, right. It's in my garden, it's very nice and very impressive and I like it a lot. [Sigh.] The other thing about the stone is that it could be quite monstrous and scary. Instead I saw it as a protection thing as opposed to a fearful thing. The other thing with the stone is it's not going anywhere. Even if there's the biggest f***ing tsunami in the whole f***ing world, the stone will probably still stay there."

-via Ace of Spades HQ

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