One of Britain’s leading contemporary artists, Whiteread uses industrial materials such as plaster, concrete, resin, rubber and metal to cast everyday objects and architectural space. Her evocative sculptures range from the intimate to the monumental.
She is interested in the space which surrounds and defines the objects. Her sculptures, often seeming to be direct transcriptions or representations of the objects they denote, are in fact negative impressions of them: the space around or inside an object and not the object itself. She says the casts carry “the residue of years and years of use”. The casts often seem to emphasise the fact that the objects they represent are not themselves there, and therefore her work is often regarded to be suggestive of death and absence.
See some pics from the Tate Britain Exhibition I went to below, sorry about the quality!