Believe In Extraordinary has been made to celebrate Team GB’s participation at the first European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.
In her inimitable style, Tracey has created an image which includes one of her best known subjects, a small bird which is depicted on a pomegranate tree branch. The pomegranate, a symbol of unity in Azerbaijani folklore, is also central to the visual identity of the European Games. Believe in Extraordinary encapsulates what drives Team GB athletes, how the nation is moved by the power of their achievements and represents a motto to inspire us all to believe that we too can achieve our personal best.
Always at the centre of her own world, Tracey Emin uses all aspects of her life in her art, turning intimate autobiography into broader statements about sex, love, death, freedom and everyday life. Her work has taken the form of diaristic drawings, paintings, films, sculptures and written stories, all of which convey the same combination of frustration, pain, compassion and wit. Drawing and printmaking have remained key mediums for Emin, and over the last ten years she has produced a steady output of monotype prints direct from her drawings.