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Rachel Whiteread
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    (April 20, 1963- )
    Born in Ilford, Essex, England, United Kingdom
    Sculptor and printmaker
    Member of the Young British Artists (YBA) movement
    Known for her casts of everyday objects
    Works include ‘Ghost’ (1990), ‘House’ (1993), ‘Holocaust Monument’ (2000), ‘Embankment’ (2006) and ‘The Gran Boathouse’ (2010)
    She had two sons out of wedlock.
    Her first cast – the interior of a closet – was inspired by childhood memories of hiding in a dark closet.
    ’House’ -- a cast of the interior of a Victorian mansion -- ‘won’ the K Foundation Prize as worst work of art in Britain.
    She complained, ‘It’s become far too easy to have a pop at modern art.’
    She enjoyed teaching, but gave it up when too many students ‘wanted to know how to become a wealthy artist. It wasn't really about making work any more, it was about having a big career.’
    ‘House’ won the Turner Prize for best work by a young British artist.
    She was the first female winner of the Turner Prize.
    She gave away the £40,000 she received from the K Foundation to a charity for the homeless and as grants for younger artists.

Credit: C. Fishel

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