The Inside of Objects
Nineteenth-century sculptors referred to the process of bronze casting as life, death, and resurrection as the original live object was destroyed in the casting process and resurrected in bronze. In a similar but distinctly different manner Rachel Whiteread casts the space inside, around, and adjacent to objects that have been part of people’s lives. This process and her choice of materials transform the residue of everyday life into ghostlike, uncanny spirit images of everyday objects.
Rachel Whiteread, Black and White Floor, 2001
Herringbone Floor, 2001
Rachel Whiteread, Secondhand, 2004
Rachel Whiteread, Switch, 1994
Rachel Whiteread, Step, 2007-08
Rachel Whiteread, Green Model, 2007-2008