Rachel Whiteread is a multidisciplinary artist with training in painting from Brighton Polytechnic and sculpture from Slade School of Fine Art. She is internationally celebrated for her figurative sculptures that translate negative space into solid form, and in 1993, was the first woman to the win the Turner Prize. Casting arbitrary objects out of materials like rubber, dental plaster and resin, Whitehead is efficient at capturing every nuance of her subject.
In 2012, Whiteread’s The Tree of Life, a frieze of golden leaves, was placed above the entrance to the gallery, marking the artist’s first permanent public commission in the UK.
Iwona Blazwick, Whitechapel Gallery Director, commented: “From her Holocaust Memorial in Vienna to the gilded leaves she scattered across the Whitechapel Gallery’s façade, to the First World War Nissen hut she cast in a Yorkshire forest, she subtly transforms urban and rural contexts with her quiet yet psychically resonant sculptures.”
Whitechapel Gallery has premiered the most revered artists, housing modern masters like Pablo Picasso and Frida Kahlo as well as contemporaries including Sophie Calle and Mark Wallinger. The shared space – consisting of exhibitions, historic archives, a bookshop and more – plays a central role in London’s cultural landscape and empowers young people through gallery education and community outreach, which is supported by the Swarovski Foundation.
The Swarovski Foundation Curator: Youth & Community Program opens career paths into the art sector by introducing young adults to contemporary art and creative professionals. The program is formed around collaborative artist-led projects, events and a dedicated peer led youth forum. For more, information visit www.swarovskifoundation.org