Emin emerged in the late 1980s, during the "Young British Artists" movement, with controversial pieces such as "Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995," "My Bed" and "The Last Thing I Said To You is Don't Leave Me Here." Throughout her career, she has produced a variety of work ranging from paintings and textiles to sculpture and video, many of which reflect her troubled childhood and teenage years.In 2007, Emin was inducted into the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and in 2011, she was appointed as a professor of drawing.Produced by Judd Apatow (loads of stuff, although he hasn’t had a big-screen critical hit since 2011’s ), and directed by Michael Showalter, this is based on the actual courtship of Kumail Nanjiani, a stand-up comedian who plays himself here, and his wife, Emily V. (She does not appear, but is instead played by Zoe Kazan.) At the outset, Nanjiani is an Uber driver and stand-up in Chicago who meets Emily when she heckles him one night. That, possibly, may have been that, but then he hears she’s in hospital with some illness that means she has to be put into a medically induced coma. There are some nicely played scenes, especially early on, as when, for instance, Emily tries to leave Kumail’s apartment in the middle of the night to poo somewhere else and I know, it sounds gross, but it turns out sweet, and statistically, more likely to come up when you’re dating than toppling into china, studies show. To convince Emily that he loves her, and will turn his back on his family if necessary, he burns the photographs, then presents her with the ashes, and it’s like he’s saying: ‘Hey, white girl, look how many brown girls I’ve incinerated for you! (No one, I would moot, is as interested in comedians as comedians.) It also has its corny moments, and finishes with an iffy denouement which came after what I had already thought was the denouement. Still, it is smarter than most, so you could say I liked it but also didn’t like it. But she is absent for half the film, which means the narrative has to go elsewhere, and this is where it gets sticky. No one is going to be out there looking after me; only me."She insists she is still an "individual thinker" who does not toe any one line.
She said: "When I'm old, I know where I'm going to be: working still, going up and down [my studio] in my lift.There, she met boyfriend Billy Childish, who led her to become a member of The Medway Poets, an English punk-based performance art group in Medway, North Kent.After working for several years as an administrator for Hangman Books, which specialized in Children's poetry, Emin decided to pursue a career in art.But now the artist is turning her attention to her biggest challenge yet: herself.The one-time enfant terrible of the Brit Art scene wants to leave her hedonistic self behind as she rebrands herself three days before her 50th birthday as a workaholic.There's the realisation that I want to push it more; I want more of it."Emin, who was brought up in Margate, is starting as she means to go on, showing two pieces in this week's "Do It 20 13" project at Manchester International Festival.