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Thursday, 13 April, 2000, 18:08 GMT 19:08 UK
Emin airs her dirty linen
Emin bed
Tracey Emin's previous exhibits divided critics
A urine-soaked sheet is the centrepiece of artist Tracey Emin's latest work.

It recalls a childhood mishap when she wet the bed on a school skiing trip in Austria and lay paralysed with fear on it for two days.

Tracey Emin
The artist stands in front of her urine-stained sheet
Emin divided the critics after offering a stained, unmade bed and associated debris for her Turner Prize exhibition last year.

Her latest artwork, called I Think It Must Have Been Fear, features alongside works by Damien Hirst and the Chapman brothers for the first exhibition at the new White Cube 2 gallery in London's fashionable Hoxton Square district.

Emin's previous works featured strong colours but her new work is mostly white, and she said this was to reflect snow and also the views of Austria's government.


"I realise I'm still obsessed with this memory of hiding the sheet. When I'm low I go straight back to it - I behave like a ten-year-old girl. I also think about how my mum saved up and how she imagined I was having a lovely holiday but I was in bed."

The stains on her latest work are real but were not done specifically for her art, and the artist explained: "I had it in the bottom of a drawer."

Damien Hirst's work, Rehab Is For Quitters, is a plastic skeleton supported by two glass panels in the shape of a crucifix. Two ping pong balls supported by a column of air hover above it like floating eyeballs.

Other exhibitors at the White Cube 2 include Sam Taylor Wood, whose Soliloquy VIII includes one of her 360-degree photographs featuring the artist naked.

Jake And Dinos Chapman have created a miniature version of a McDonald's drive-through restaurant.

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