Rachel Whiteread (1963– ) is a sculptor best-known for her work House which won the Turner Prize in 1993. Born in Ilford in Essex, her mother was an artist and her father a geography teacher. She studied painting initially at Brighton Polytechnic and then a Master’s degree in sculpture at Slade School of Art, London (1985-87), where Alison Wilding and Phyllida Barlow were tutors. Whiteread’s work is primarily concerned with the negative space around objects, which she says carries the “residue of years and years of use”.
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