Rachel Whiteread

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I don't want to make plop art — sculpture that just gets plopped down in places.

Rachel Whiteread (born 1963) is a Turner Prize-winning artist, best known for her sculptures, which typically take the form of casts. She is one of the so-called Young British Artists, and exhibited at the Royal Academy's Sensation exhibition in 1997. She created House, a large concrete cast of the inside of a Victorian house, and a resin sculpture, Monument, for the empty plinth in London's Trafalgar Square.


  • I make all this stuff in the studio, but I also work on these white elephants — like House or Untitled Monument — things that are incredibly ambitious, take an awful long time to do, involve a lot of controversy, an awful lot of people, and don't make any money particularly, but it's just because I need to make them.
  • I think the difference between me and some of the other YBAs [Young British Artists] was that I was ambitious for the work, and not ambitious for myself.
    • As quoted in "Still breaking the mould" by Gordon Burn in The Guardian (11 October 2005)

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