Artist Tracey Emin’s show made me cry, reveals Shirley Manson

ROCKER Shirley Manson has told how artist Tracey Emin’s work left her sobbing in an art gallery.
The Garbage singer broke down at the show just before she went to see her ill mum Muriel for the final time before her death in 2008.
Among the controversial artist’s work at Edinburgh’s Modern Art Gallery was May Dodge, My Nan – made up of family objects collected by Emin as she grew up.
Shirley told how it summed up her own situation and left her sobbing in the middle of the gallery.
This week, she posted “An Open Letter to Tracey Emin” on her Facebook page.
It reads: “The last time I ever saw my mum I had just come from seeing your retrospective at the Modern Art Gallery in Edinburgh, November 2008.
“The very moment I walked into that exhibition I stood looking at My Nan and tears started to roll down my cheeks. Funny the role an artist can play isn’t it? You put your arms around people you don’t even know.”
Emin became notorious when she was nominated for a Turner Prize with My Bed, an art installation made up of her own unmade dirty bed with used condoms and blood-stained underwear.
May Dodge, My Nan features five framed mementoes – two family album photos, two handmade objects and a page of text.
Shirley, who turned to acting in US drama Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, told Emin: “I needed to howl but I didn’t have the room.
“But there was you, doing it for me. I love you Tracey Emin. Never let me go.”
The loss of her mother is still a source of hurt and pain in the singer’s life.
She later told of the last moments she spent with her singer mum.
She said: “I got down on my knees and held her hand. Stroked her forehead and kissed her cheek.
“I love you mum. I love you so much. Forever and ever… I promise.
“Such a good mum. The best mum. My mum.”