Cornelia Parker is original and inventive. A lot of her work is about matter, energy and transformation and when it comes down to it you could say these are the building blocks of life. No surprise then that her work has a vibrancy that sets it apart from many other contemporary artists.
The ‘found object’ often features in her work, and a fascination with found objects is the very thing that brought Barfoot and I (Duggan) together all those years ago in our shared quest for found To Do lists.
Parker is most famous for her exploding shed – ‘Cold dark matter an exploded view’ – which you should definitely take a look at if you haven’t seen it before.
Here in this blog though, I’d like to share 4 maybe less well-known works of hers and the reasons why I like them.
‘Fleeting monument’: This piece is like a splash of water, and equally it looks like the sort of sky-scraper you might see on the skyline of Dubai. To me this is about the majestic that can be witnessed in the most minuscule and impermanent of things.
Cornelia Parker is a person who clearly places a high value on having fun with the process of creation: another reason why I love her. Look at how much fun she had when creating Thirty Pieces of Silver – silver plated objects that she personally flattened by driving a steam roller over them.
‘Matter and What it Means’ features coins run over by a train suspended on metal wires hovering above a shadow of dirty coins on the floor. You could interpret this in great depth but the main reason I like it is because I used to squash coins too, on the railway line when I was a kid
The final piece is ‘Words that Define Gravity’. To make this, she had to conquer a fear, which is a process I admire in anyone. She cast in lead words from the dictionary definition of gravity threw them hundreds of feet off the white cliffs of Dover. She was scared of heights so two friends had to hold on to a rope around her waist to enable her to stand close enough to the edge to chuck the words over.
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