Since the early 1900’s conceptual artists,
such as, Marcel Duchamp and others associated with the Fluxus movement have
sought to claim everyday objects as art. The appearance of ordinary objects
within the context of a gallery or museum has puzzled historians, conservators,
and viewers; resulting in new ways of interpretation. The influence of artists
such as Allan Kaprow, John Cage, and several others continues to be seen in the
works of artists today. The work of Young British Artist, Tracey Emin provides
a clear example of the impact that these artists had on the fundamental
principles of art. Through the examination of Emin’s life, artwork, and the
similarities of other artists; this paper will provide answers to questions of conservation,
and the preservation of the artist’s intent for the future life of Tracey
Emin’s, My Bed.