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Cornelia Parker

British, b. 1956

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Cornelia Parker

British, b. 1956

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Cornelia Parker, OBE, has been twining together themes of history, violence, and transcendence since the 1980s, working in mediums that range from sculpture, installation, and works on paper, to photographs composed out of manipulated found objects and images. She has flattened silver tea sets and other objects with a steamroller and hung them from the ceiling; and cast sidewalk cracks in bronze to create evocative, minimalist sculptures. Among her best-known works is Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View (1991), for which she had the British army blow up a garden shed, whose fragmented pieces she displayed suspended and dramatically lit from within. Her work is “constantly unstable, in flux; leant against a wall, hovering, or so fragile it might collapse,” as Parker describes it. “It is a universal condition, that of vulnerability. We don’t have solid, fixed lives; we’re consistently dealing with what life throws at us.”

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Serpentine Galleries
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 4 more
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Biography

Cornelia Parker, OBE, has been twining together themes of history, violence, and transcendence since the 1980s, working in mediums that range from sculpture, installation, and works on paper, to photographs composed out of manipulated found objects and images. She has flattened silver tea sets and other objects with a steamroller and hung them from the ceiling; and cast sidewalk cracks in bronze to create evocative, minimalist sculptures. Among her best-known works is Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View (1991), for which she had the British army blow up a garden shed, whose fragmented pieces she displayed suspended and dramatically lit from within. Her work is “constantly unstable, in flux; leant against a wall, hovering, or so fragile it might collapse,” as Parker describes it. “It is a universal condition, that of vulnerability. We don’t have solid, fixed lives; we’re consistently dealing with what life throws at us.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Serpentine Galleries
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Gwangju Biennale, and 2 more
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