Reading about Tracy Emin’s artwork My Bed and the fact that it is coming up for sale at Christie’s next week, when she hopes it will be bought by a museum, made me realise that we could all produce our own My Bed without any vast outlay.
Some weeks ago I spoke a few sharp words to older granddaughter, age four and a half. She disappeared from view and I later found her curled up under our duvet. The bed looked as if a hurricane had struck it, but all the items on my bedside table were as they had been.
So the recipe is simple. Make bed neatly as usual; introduce small child into the home (how you acquire one is up to you); utter a sharp reprimand and stand back. Your masterpiece can then be personalised to your taste with your own belongings such as bedroom slippers, handcream, medication, bedside reading and so on, and could possibly be worth around £1 million. You may not wish to have it on public display, but will have the warm glow of having created a masterpiece.