Tate Gallery, London
Whiteread made her first cast of a floor in 1992 at Kassel for Documenta 9, revealing a space dense with its own mysterious history written by the signs of time and the footsteps that have traversed it. A silent witness to the fleetingness of existence, this surface is halfway between sculpture and architecture, bounding an area that can be traversed by the gaze and the body. In particular, it constitutes "the guts of the house", because it contains the remains of the lives of those who lived there. Once brought to light again, it reveals unexpected colours and reflections, like the material used to make the work here exhibited, fashioned from a negative in synthetic resin made from a previous plaster cast of the original floor.
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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