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Whiteread is best known for her sculptural casts of hidden interior spaces, such as the underside of a chair or the gap beneath floorboards. This drawing relates to her sculptures in its suggestion of space. It was inspired by the parquet floor of a flat she was living in at the time. The thick texture of white correction fluid gives it solidity, while the graph paper, of the type used by architects, adds to the impression of three-dimensional space. The repeating patterns in Whiteread`s work echo abstract, Minimalist art, but her subjects remain rooted in everyday life, as here in the reference to the floor.

September 2004