In what is arguably the most iconic body of her work, Tracey Emin uses neon tube lighting to create luminous coloured enlargements of handwritten texts. Her neons often consist of fragmented sentences or phrases that seem like confessions pulled from her diary. This particular work reads like the beginning of a romantic or erotic story, a mood that is heightened by the deep pink colour. By speaking in the first person and addressing the viewer directly, the work encourages the audience to identify with Emin’s inner world of emotion and thereby come to terms with their own.


  • Title: Your Lips Moved Across My Face
  • Creator: Tracey Emin CBE RA
  • Date Created: 2015
  • Location: Passageway connecting Bury Court & Bury Street EC3A 7HL
  • Physical Dimensions: H 100 x W 150 cm
  • Original Source: Sculpture in the City
  • Rights: Tracey Emin, Your Lips Moved Across My Face, 2015, neon. © Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS 2019. Courtesy the artist and White Cube
  • Medium: Neon

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