Monday, February 8, 2010

Rachel Whiteread

Rachel Whiteread was born in London in 1963. She studied painting at Brighton Polytechnic(1982-85) and sculpture at the Slade School of Art. One of her main focuses is about line and shape and how it brings out space, or forgotten space. An example of this would be space under a bed or some kind of furniture. In 1993 Whiteread was awarded the Turner Prize for her piece entitled House. It was so controversial that it got torn down a few months after it was built. “Whiteread’s choice of subject-matter reflects an awareness of the intrinsically human-scaled design of the objects with which we surround ourselves and exploits the severing of this connection, by removal of the object's function, to express absence and loss.”

Modern Chess set, 2005
Mixed Media
Dimensions of box: 24.5 x 75 x 41.5 cm
Dimensions of board: 3 x 67 x 67 cm

House, 1993
Measurements unknown

Water Tower, 1998
Translucent resin and painted steel
12' 2" (370.8 cm) high x 9' (274.3 cm) in diameter

1 comment:

  1. The thing that struck me about the Modern Chess Set is its commentary on the politics of the contemporary family, the games so many play to stay out of harm's way or just create your own protected space. I found it sad in a way.