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Untitled by Rachel Whiteread

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.
Artist:Rachel Whiteread
Artwork type:sculpture
Material:plaster, carpet
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

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