Rachel Whiteread – winner

Rachel Whiteread was the winner of the 1993 Turner Prize

Rachel Whiteread House1993

Rachel Whiteread House 1993
Photo: Sue Omerod © Rachel Whiteread

Employing traditional casting methods and materials that are commonly used in the preparation of sculptures rather than for the finished object, such as plaster, rubber and resin, Rachel Whiteread makes sculptures of the spaces in, under and on everyday objects.

Her art operates on many levels: it captures and gives materiality to the sometimes unfamiliar spaces of familiar life (bath, sink, mattress or chair), transforming the domestic into the public; it fossilises everyday objects in the absence of human usage; and it allows those objects to stand anthropomorphically for human beings themselves.