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Rachel Whiteread, b.1963

Study for Floor Ceiling Piece1993

More widely known for her cast sculptures of the empty spaces defined by particular buildings or objects, Whiteread’s drawings are similarly evocative of human history. Each drawing concentrates on a single architectural motif, which is developed on subtly coloured graph paper with correction fluid, tippex, resin and inks. The artist’s love of texture is highlighted by her drawings media which also have the quality of suggesting past and present states. The drawings are of typical rather than specific architectural motifs. Viewed as such, they provide an opportunity to see the artist’s mind in action, sifting and extracting from the world of experience, prior to making sculpture.

MediumCorrection fluid, ink and watercolour on graph paper
Dimensions Unframed
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Loan, Weltkunst Foundation, 1994
Item NumberL.1253.005
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Rachel Whiteread, Study for Floor Ceiling Piece, 1993, Correction fluid, ink and watercolour on graph paper, Unframed, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Loan, Weltkunst Foundation, 1994

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Rachel Whiteread b.1963

English artist Rachel Whiteread attended Brighton Polytechnic and the Slade School of Fine Art. Working with traditional casting methods and materials such as plaster, resin and rubber, Whiteread creates sculptures of the negative space defined by a building or domestic object. Whiteread received the Turner Prize in 1993. She has exhibited extensively, including at Tate Modern; the Serpentine Gallery, London; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

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