Tracey Emin’s brain sculpture auctioned to benefit UK Parkinson’s disease

A sculpture of a brain by British artist Tracey Emin sold for £7,500 at an auction to benefit Parkinson’s UK.

The work was part of a selection of sculptures sold at Christie’s auction house as part of the Me, My Brain And I series to raise money for Parkinson’s research and support the charity .

The 59-year-old artist’s sculpture, titled You F*** My Brains Out Every Time, featured black and white acrylic paint on a cast resin brain.

Artist Alex Echo, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2020, created Tremor (Alex Echo/Parkinson’s UK/PA)

The design of the brain sculpture, from which each of the sculptures was created, was originally conceived by theatrical effects artist Schoony.

The artist, whose background is rooted in special effects and prosthetics, has created the shape of the life-size fabricated brains that participating artists can use as a blank canvas after being asked to think about what their brains means to them and to create a new work inspired by their thoughts.

Other works sold at Wednesday night’s auction included Tremor by Alex Echo, which fetched £2,000 and featured enamel paint in a range of bright colors on cast resin with a built-in motor.

Self-taught artist Echo said: ‘I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in early 2020 and hope my brain sculpture, Tremor, will create a visual representation of what it’s like to live with the disease. of Parkinson’s.

“It was difficult, but when I make art, time disappears. Parkinson’s disease disappears. Worries disappear. Art saves my life every day for 42 years.

The sale also included Brain Freeze, a sculpture by multimedia artist D*Face – real name Dean Stockton – which shows a melting brain on a popsicle stick and Gavin Turk’s She Sells Sea Shells On The Sea Shore .

British artist Turk, 55, often uses his work to explore questions of authorship, authenticity and identity and his sculpture, which fetched £3,500, featured a compressed brain glued to a black metal rod.

All money raised from the auction will go towards Parkinson’s UK’s work on new treatments and finding a cure for the disease.

D*Face's Brain Freeze which raised £4,000 (D*Face/Parkinson's UK/PA)

D*Face’s Brain Freeze which raised £4,000 (D*Face/Parkinson’s UK/PA)

The collection of brain sculptures was first exhibited at The Other Art Fair in London in October 2021 and later exhibited at Koppel X in Piccadilly Circus.

Other artists featured in the project included Abigail Fallis, Dion Kitson, LUAP, Conrad Shawcross, David Bailey, Hayden Kays, Rob and Nick Carter, Nick Veasey and Geoff Uglow.

Speaking about the fundraising project, UK Parkinson’s Fundraising and Engagement Director, Paul Jackson-Clark said: “Me, My Brain and Me invites all of us to consider our own brain , to visualize it as the source of all things that make us ‘us’. Our brains organize our lives, acting on the one hand as unique libraries, containing memories, experiences and skills, while fueling curiosity, creativity and innovation fueled by supercomputers.

“We are thrilled to partner with The Auction Collective and Christie’s with what we all believe will be a beautiful, thought-provoking and moving creative experience.

“We are indebted to the incredibly generous artists who make this possible with one common goal, to raise money for Parkinson’s research and find a cure.”

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