Love Me Like A Rock: British Artist Tracey Emin Married A Rock

by Meghan Sara


A common theme in wedding vows is to tell your partner, “You are my rock.”

When Tracey Emin said it, she meant it literally. No, LITERALLY. Tracey Emin married a rock.


Tracey Emin

Emin, a British artist renowned for her viscerally raw and personal work, has a new show in Hong Kong from March 21 – May 21, 2016 entitled “I Cried Because I Love You.” While promoting her new exhibition, she told Post Magazine about her wedding last summer to a rock in the garden of her home in France:

“…it’s an anchor for me, something I can identify with. No matter how mad my life might be or what may happen that stone is stability and comfort.”

You know, I wanted to laugh at this story. I wanted to make jokes about the playlist for their reception including songs like “Rock Me Gently” and Dylan’s “Everybody Must Get Stoned.” I wanted to make puns like “I hope he doesn’t treat her like shist!” and “what a lovely sediment” and references to Bret Michaels and Rock of Love and the Rolling Stones…

But I started thinking about love and marriage and relationships and realized, “That’s not such a bad idea.” Stability in the age of Tinder, of dating apps rendering love a disposable and replaceable commodity. Comfort in a time of trust issues, infidelity concerns and A-list celebrity divorces smattered across the grocery-store tabloids. Tracey Emin may be on to something here.

So therefore, I will not poke fun at Tracey Emin for Romancing the Stone (well, not much). I wish the couple happiness, and hope that we all may find a partner who gives us the stability and comfort that Emin has found. When you find that special someone (or special something), don’t take them for granite.

I’m done, I’m done.


heart shaped rock via Michael Dorausch flickr

 Photos: Wikimedia Commons, Flickr/Michael Dorausch

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