Personal confessional artist associated with the Young British Artists movement. Her work, "Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995," consisted of a list of names painted on a tent.
She had a negative experience as a student at the Royal College of Art, even thought she graduated with an MA in painting. She eventually destroyed every piece of artwork from this time.
Her controversial 1998 work "My Bed" was an installation piece composed of her own bed covered with dirty underwear and used condoms.
She grew up in the seaside town of Margate, England, with twin brother Paul. Her father was a Turkish Cypriot who was married to another woman.
She was influenced by the work of the renowned artist Edvard Munch.