view all

Rachel Whiteread

Switch, 1994

Explore more


Object, plaster (prestia ortho) and brass,
3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 1 1/8” (2,8 x 8,9 x 8,9 cm),
Ed. 60/XXV, signed and numbered

Negative charge. A domestic light switch box, cast inversely in delicate plaster, becomes an impenetrable source of embalmed energy.


“‘I use furniture as a metaphor for human beings,’ says Whiteread. But as well as metaphor it is extension. Whiteread’s casts of sinks, baths, and mattresses make poetic play of the introversions and extroversions of the body they propose.” Neville Wakefield Parkett No. 42, 1994