“Manifestation of negative space!”
The sentence was repeating in my head over and over while I paced excitedly around the installation “One Hundred Spaces” in the Duveen Gallery, Tate Britain.
The work was by the artist, Rachel Whiteread, who had been my hero since my student days.
“One Hundred Spaces” consisted of one hundred resin cubes, and these cubes were in fact, a direct result of the artist casting the empty space underneath each chair.
Representing what was supposed to be “empty” in such a spectacular way, she pulled our attention to something which we overlook most of the time.
Also, anyone who ever casted resin, including me, will understand how difficult to make these pieces. Synthetic resin – liquid methyl methacrylate to be precise, is notoriously difficult material to work with and can be very unforgiving if it is not done properly.
So each piece was casted in one go as I see no telltale line / lines on any of them…
I could imagine it must have been the hell of trials and errors before finding the right volume and mixture to create the piece of this size.
It is easy to be mesmerised by the end result alone…
However, we appreciate the artworks even more if we are aware of the process the artist experienced and the difficulties she / he overcame…