plaster, wood and felt
Closet is one of the first sculptures Whiteread ever produced. She made it by making a cast of the inner space of an old wooden closet, in which all that was left inside was a partition with five shelves. The artist seeks to immortalize an everyday, familiar object, bound up above all with memories of her childhood. She recreates it materially by covering the form in black felt plaster which serves to convey the sense of enfolding darkness, fear and fascination experienced as a girl in that intimate and secret space, evocative - as the title suggests - of dark fantasies.
Born in London on 20 April 1963, Rachel Whiteread began her training in art by studying painting at the Brighton Polytechnic (1982-85) and sculpture at the Slade School of Art ...
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