Last week (at the last minute, as per usual) I saw Rachel Whiteread’s exhibition at Tate Britain. She was the first woman to win the Turner Prize in 1993 and is one of the UK’s leading Sculptors, casting objects and architectural spaces using cement, plaster, resin and other materials.
At the centre of this exhibition, housed in an eminently appropriate minimalist space, was one of her most well-known monumental pieces: Untitled (Staircase) 2001.
It was a joy to visit an exhibition where photography was allowed, and I spent some time watching the public’s reaction to this principal sculpture. I came away with a number of images of which this is my current favourite. People gathered in ones and twos, and stood still… contemplating. It was a matter of patience, waiting for the compositions to form and hoping that an unwanted interloper wouldn’t ruin the picture as the shutter was pressed.