Rachel Whiteread began casting objects while a student at the Slade, these included inanimate objects such as tables and other furniture but one piece in particular was a life cast of female kneeling legs and thigh to ankle. This cast was subsequently covered by a closely fitted 'skin' of richly patterned carpet. This carpet is old and worn and gives the sculpture a rich but abject patina. The quality of the work is encapsulated by its positioning which is precariously balanced on its knees and has a feminine elegance. The pose employed by Rubens (UCL No EDC 477) in his study of a crouching woman has a similar sense of precarious balance combined with Rubens' hallmark depiction of female sensuality. The drawing centres on the thighs, calves and buttocks and has strong sense of sculptural form.
Untitled by Rachel Whiteread
|Measurements:||360 x 350 mm|
|Location:||Collection of the artist|
|Rights owner:||Rachel Whiteread|
|Rights status:||UK HE use only|
|Institution:||Slade School of Art|