Tracey Emin has vowed to turn her Margate studio into a museum after her death. Emin has said that her thoughts are turning to her legacy and her later stage of life.
“I do not want to end up like Frida Kahlo, sitting in hospital, in a corset, painting on myself.” Emin told WIA.
“With my new studio in Margate, it’s so big, it’s 30,000 square feet. I’m going to have giant rooms where I can just get a boiler suit on and get buckets of paint and go fucking ballistic. I have visions of me when I’m an 80 year old woman with a bucket of paint. It’s just going to be incredible. I’ve got something to work towards when I’m old. But all of this you’ve got to stay fit for. All of this you’ve got to stay mentally agile for. All of this stuff you’ve got to feel like you really want it. It’s like running a marathon and it’s at the end. That’s my end. That’s my sprint. So I’ve got this to look forward to but I’ve got to really work at it. It can’t just happen on it’s own.”
Emin later discussed her legacy with the Art Newspaper, where she discusses her studio and plans for her home town of Margate in more detail. Of her studio, Emin says, “I will have that as my museum. I think it will be a great legacy for Margate. It’s big enough for a museum and I come from Margate and I’m synonymous with Margate. That’s a nice thing to look forward to.”