Though Rachel Whiteread is renowned for her evocative large-scale sculptures, drawing and works on paper have remained from the outset a key part of her practice. Talking about her current show at Tate Britain, Whiteread says "What I feel very proud of in this show is the consistency, the work has kept this very rigid path and I've created a language and I've worked with this language" and you can see from the breadth of work in the show this extends to the most intimate works as well as the many varied works on paper.
Our previous editions with Rachel have typically had a more sculptural aspect to them. But there have been many discussions about how we could make a work on paper edition. And around six months ago we began work on this new limited edition which is derived and closely based on her series of postcard works that are altered through different kinds of erasure. Its an approach to making an image that Rachel describes as attempting to make the space disappear whilst preserving the integrity of the architecture.
For this new edition for Counter a vintage postcard was selected by Whiteread. This has then been reproduced as a hand printed facsimile using photographic methods and paper as close as possible to that used for the fabrication of the original. Each of these prints have then been carefully perforated following a proscribed pattern using a hand punch of varying diameter. It was clear to Rachel that how this work could be presented and framed was an important part of the edition, and she specified a very simple, minimal white spray frame which has been produced by the premier framing company Darbyshire.