INSPIRATION

 

 

1963 -

 

She was the first woman to win the annual Turner Prize, in 1993.

 

Her work examines the negative space, surrounding or contained by everyday objects, such as casts of the area underneath chairs, architectural details and even entire rooms and buildings, suggesting how human contact becomes embedded in our environment.

 

Using casting as her working method, Whiteread aims to free her subject matter from practical use and domestic value, suggesting a new permanence, imbued with memory.

 

 

HOUSE, LONDON, 1993.

 

The work was a concrete cast of the inside of an entire three-story Victorian terrace house, basement, ground floor and first floor, including stairs and bay windows, but not the roof space.

 

Whiteread created this work after all the other terraces in the row had been demolished, and it stood alone as a reminder of the working-class homes that once spanned the street. The sculpture sparked heated debates around issues of real estate, class divisions, and urban sprawl.

 

Her work serves as an inspiration for us in the way she explores  the qualities of in-between space, materializing different aspects of  ''where life is lived''.

RACHEL WHITEREAD

ENGLAND

 

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