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Tracey Emin surprises fans as she marries... a rock

Sasha Brady

Published 23/03/2016 | 12:37

Tracey Emin has announced that she has married a rock.
Tracey Emin has announced that she has married a rock.
Tracey Emin arrive at St Bride's Church in London for a ceremony to celebrate the wedding of Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire
STANDING BY HER ART: Tracey Emin poses next to one of her works at her show entitled ‘When I Think about Sex...’ at the White Cube Gallery in London. Photo: Getty Images

Artist Tracey Emin has surprised fans by marring an inanimate object: a rock.

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Emin, the artist who was made a CBE in the January 2013 New Year Honours List, proves she still has the power to shock the establishment with her latest announcement.

STANDING BY HER ART: Tracey Emin poses next to one of her works at her show entitled ‘When I Think about Sex...’ at the White Cube Gallery in London. Photo: Getty Images
STANDING BY HER ART: Tracey Emin poses next to one of her works at her show entitled ‘When I Think about Sex...’ at the White Cube Gallery in London. Photo: Getty Images

At her current exhibition, I Cried Because I Love You, in Hong Kong, the 52-year-old revealed that she had married a rock.

The artist married the ancient French stone last summer wearing her father's white funeral shroud.

Tracey Emin arrive at St Bride's Church in London for a ceremony to celebrate the wedding of Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Tracey Emin arrive at St Bride's Church in London for a ceremony to celebrate the wedding of Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The ceremony took place in Emin's garden in France where the rock still stands.

She told The Art magazine: "It just means that at the moment I am not alone; somewhere on a hill facing the sea, there is a very beautiful ancient stone, and it’s not going anywhere.

"It will be there, waiting for me."

In another interview she has called it “‘an anchor, something I can identify with”.

"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."

 

 

e ceremony, Emin wore her father’s white funeral shroud. While the ancient stone is thought to be quite a bit older than the 52-year-old artist, the pair are now living in marital bliss — with the rock based in her garden:

‘It’s in my garden, it’s very nice and very impressive and I like it a lot.’

The artist says she feels very secure in her new relationship as the stone is not going anywhere.

‘It just means that at the moment I am not alone; somewhere on a hill facing the sea, there is a very beautiful ancient stone, and it’s not going anywhere.’

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